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McDonald Delighted with Call-Up

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14:13 26th August 2014

Wolves midfielder Kevin McDonald received his first senior international call-up when the 26-man Scotland squad was announced on Monday.

Gordon Strachan's side are set to take on World Cup winners Germany in their opening EURO 2016 qualifier on Sunday, September 7 and McDonald will travel with the squad to Signa Iduna Park in Dortmund.

In reaction to his call-up, the midfielder said: “It was a bit of a surprise call-up I thought but I’ve started the season off alright and I think Mark McGhee has kept me watched.

“I was quite surprised but obviously at the same time I’m absolutely delighted. It’s such an honour to represent your country.

“Every player wants to do it, I’m just delighted and looking forward to meeting up with the boys.”

McDonald first heard of his inclusion in the Scotland squad after Wolves' 1-0 victory over Cardiff City at Molineux on Saturday.

He explained: “The manager said to me on Saturday: ‘When are you meeting up?’ and I didn’t have a clue what he was on about, then he said: ‘You’ve been picked for Scotland’ so that was it.

“It’s the toughest game you could possibly play but it’s a great chance for everybody to see where they’re at and I’m sure it will be a great game to play in.”

The Scotland manager believes McDonald has a lot to offer his squad as they prepare to take on the world's footballing elite. Strachan said: "I saw him myself a couple of times last year, I've seen him once this year, Mark McGhee's seen him, our other scouts have seen him those whose opinions I trust and we keep saying: 'This guy's a good player.

"He looks after the ball, he can switch play, he's got a great weight of pass and he looks forward which I like - his first thought is: How can I get the ball forward?"

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