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Scotland call up for Gary

4 September 2012

Dons defender Gary MacKenzie has been called up to the Scotland squad ahead of their FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 Qualifiers.

Scotland will kick start their qualifying campaign at Hampden Park on Saturday when they host Serbia, and three days later they will entertain FYR Macedonia at the same ground.

Craig Lavein named his side for the opening World Cup qualifying matches at the end of last week, but the withdrawal of Norwich defender Russell Martin (ankle) has paved way for MacKenzie to link-up with his fellow countrymen.

Huddersfield Town’s Paul Dixon has also been drafted in as cover for Southampton left-back Danny Fox (groin).

MacKenzie has been in excellent form this season, playing a part in all four of the Dons’ League games plus two Cup games, has turned in Man of the Match performances and the centreback has been singled out for praise from Club manager Karl Robinson.

It is not the first time MacKenzie has received the call from Scotland, last year he joined the squad for a friendly in Cyprus but failed to make an appearance as illness struck during the trip.

This time round the 26-year-old will be hoping for a chance at his first cap for his country. MacKenzie, the only player from League 1, is joined by the likes of Allan McGregor, who is included after an injury scare in the recent match against Australia, Ross McCormack and Jordan Rhodes.

MacKenzie joined up with Scotland on Monday night and will now miss MK Dons’ JPT clash at Northampton tonight and their League 1 match at Walsall on Saturday.

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