Forrest and Martin receive Scotland call-ups

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Celtic winger James Forrest and Norwich defender Russell Martin have won their first Scotland call-ups for the Carling Nations Cup finale.

Teenager Forrest and 25-year-old Martin, who was born in Brighton, were today named in Craig Levein's pool for games against Wales and Republic of Ireland in Dublin later this month.

Leeds striker Ross McCormack and Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks have been recalled, but in-form Wolves striker Steven Fletcher's international exile continues.

Levein was unable to call up the injured Alan Hutton, Craig Gordon and Graham Dorrans, while fitness reasons have forced Mark Wilson out.


Darren Fletcher is unavailable given Manchester United's participation in the Champions League final.

St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson and Watford's Don Cowie have dropped out of the squad following the defeat by Brazil in March, while Kilmarnock captain Craig Bryson and in-form Motherwell wide player Jamie Murphy have missed out.

Peterborough striker Craig Mackail-Smith is in the squad after making his debut against Brazil, although his presence will depend on the outcome of the npower League One play-off semi-finals.

Levein has received constant updates about the form of right-back Martin from his club manager, former Scotland midfielder Paul Lambert.

"Russell has had a fantastic season at Norwich City, and congratulations to Paul and his backroom staff and players for getting promoted to the English Premier," Levein said. "Russell is one we have had our eye on for a while. He's in the squad but there are still elements of the paperwork to be finalised.

"If we can't get it done in time, so be it, but I'm confident. His father is Scottish so it shouldn't be too difficult. Norwich have been in the States celebrating and he has flown back early to get the paperwork done."

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