Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has earned a call-up to the Scottish International squad, for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers, reports the Scottish FA.
Cooper is a late addition to Gordon Strachan’s squad, after withdrawals from Matt Phillips, James McArthur, Grant Hanley, ahead of Scotland’s friendly with Canada and World Cup qualifier with Slovenia.
SCOTLAND | Squad update:
OUT: Matt Phillips, James McArthur, Grant Hanley.
IN: Liam Cooper. pic.twitter.com/TcW0iNylIk
— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) March 19, 2017
Strachan’s side will be looking to put themselves back into contention for qualification to the 2018 World Cup, when they face Slovenia, who are currently second in Group F and hold a four-point advantage over Scotland.
Cooper has struggled for opportunities at Elland Road this season, making just seven starts in the Sky Bet Championship, mainly due to the growing partnership of Kyle Bartley and Pontus Jansson in Garry Monk’s defence.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) March 19, 2017
However, the 25-year old featured in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over title-chasing Brighton and Hove Albion, replacing Jansson in the heart of defence.
Leeds fans… Are you pleased to see Cooper called into the Scotland squad? Does he deserve it? Let us know in the comments!