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Kieran Tierney in running to face England despite broken jaw

 

By Andy Newport

Scotland's hopes of having Kieran Tierney available to face England have improved after he was named in Gordon Strachan's revised squad for next month's Hampden showdown.

The national team boss has cut the initial 29-man squad for down to 24 - but Tierney's name is not among those crossed out.

The Celtic defender had to be rushed to hospital during Saturday's William Hill Scottish Cup final after suffering a broken jaw.

The 19-year-old also lost two teeth and was left writhing in agony after being caught by the swinging arm of Aberdeen striker Jayden Stockley.

But having rushed back to the National Stadium in time to take part in the trophy presentation after Celtic's 2-1 win, Tierney is now set to declare himself fit to face the Auld Enemy on June 10.

Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers claimed after his side's treble triumph against the Dons that Tierney may require surgery.

So he could still be withdrawn as the Scots chase the win which will keep their slim hopes of qualifying for Russia 2018 alive.

That continuing doubt over Tierney's availability means Swansea full-back Stephen Kingsley has retained his place.

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