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Kris Boyd back to strike it hot for Scotland

Kris Boyd will start his first Scotland game for three years after being recalled along with James McFadden for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Liechtenstein tonight.

The Middlesbrough striker will line up alongside former Rangers team-mate Kenny Miller in what looks to be a 4-4-2 formation.

McFadden also comes back in after coming off the bench for the last 25 minutes of Friday night's goalless draw in Lithuania.

Hearts left-back Lee Wallace returns too after missing the Kaunas clash with an ankle knock.

Rangers full-back Steven Whittaker drops out after picking up a calf injury in the opening European Championship qualifier.

Barry Robson and Steven Naismith, who lined up on the flanks of a five-man midfield in Kaunas, have also made way as Craig Levein makes three changes to his starting line-up.

Boyd exiled himself from the international set-up amid frustration at being consistently overlooked by former manager George Burley.

The forward's last appearance in a competitive international came off the bench late in Scotland's 1-0 defeat in Macedonia two years ago in their opening World Cup group game. Skipper Darren Fletcher will win his 50th cap in midfield alongside Lee McCulloch and Scott Brown.

“There can be no slip-ups,” said the Scotland captain. “If we can get three points against Liechtenstein — four points from the two games — then it's a satisfactory start and it's not too bad a position from then on. We've got games against the Czech Republic and Spain, so that's why it's imperative against Liechtenstein to get three points.”

Scotland team (to face Liechtenstein in Euro 2012 qualifier at Hampden Park): McGregor, Hutton, Weir, McManus, Wallace, Brown, D Fletcher, McCulloch, McFadden, Boyd, Miller.

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