QPR striker gets Scotland call

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Scotland manager Craig Levein has called up Jamie Mackie for the Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Czech Republic and Spain.

The QPR striker was born in Dorking, Surrey, but qualifies for Scotland through his grandfather, who is from Kilmarnock.

Middlesbrough striker Kris Boyd has been dropped but there are recalls for goalkeeper Craig Gordon, who has recovered from a second arm break in the space of nine months and Wigan defender Gary Caldwell, who is fit again following a hip operation in the summer. Celtic striker Shaun Maloney also returns to the squad.

Scotland face the Czech Republic in Prague on Friday week before welcoming world and European champions Spain to Hampden the following Tuesday.

"I was aware of Jamie at the start of the season," said Levein. "He has been watched on four separate occasions and each report has been excellent.

"We have been looking high and low to add to the existing pool that we can pick from. I believe his grandfather was born in Kilmarnock so he fits the criteria and I'm happy to have him on board.

"If you look at the strikers I have picked, I have picked players on form, that is basically it. I have had a chat with Kris and explained that to him.

"He is a top goalscorer and I have no doubt that once he hits a bit of form he will be back involved in the squad.

"Shaun has had a difficult time of it last year with injuries and I still think he has a bit to go to be honest.

"I think there is more to come but I'm really pleased that he's managed to get a number of games under his belt and he is a quality player."

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