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International call: West Ham’s Scotsman Robert Snodgrass
International call: West Ham’s Scotsman Robert Snodgrass

By Robert Jones

Scotland have called up Robert Snodgrass after Matt Phillips pulled out of the squad through injury, the Scottish FA has confirmed.

Scotland boss Alex McLeish has called on West Ham midfielder Snodgrass for the friendly against Belgium on Friday and a UEFA Nations League opener against Albania three days later.

Snodgrass won the last of his 25 caps last year and has not yet played for McLeish.

He has, however, featured in all four of the Hammers' games so far this season.

West Brom's Phillips pulled out after playing for the Baggies in their 2-1 victory over Stoke on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both scored twice as Barcelona moved top of LaLiga after routing Huesca 8-2 at Nou Camp.

Ernesto Valverde's side extended their 100 per cent record this season and knock Real Madrid off top spot on goal difference.

Huesca made a dream start scoring through Watford loanee Cucho Hernandez and made a real fight of the first half before Barca ran amok in the second.

After Huesca's shock lead, Messi, Jorge Pulido's own goal and Suarez put Barca 3-1 up, but the visitors hit back again through Alex Gallar.

In the second half, however, the floodgates opened. Ousmane Dembele and Ivan Rakitic struck quick-fire goals to put Barcelona firmly in control.

Messi notched his second, Jordi Alba added a seventh and Suarez completed the scoring from the penalty spot in stoppage time.

Huesca stole into a third-minute lead through teenager Hernandez's close-range finish before Messi showed magic skills to fire a brilliant equaliser.

Pulido turned Alba's low cross into his own net in the 24th minute and Suarez made it 3-1, with his first of the night awarded after the video assistant referee (VAR) showed Alba was onside when he supplied the cross.

Huesca battled back when Gallar converted Moi Gomez's cut-back three minutes before the break and the minnows left the field with a spring in their step.

Messi's shot early in the second half hit Huesca goalkeeper Axel Werner and then the crossbar, but Barca regained a two-goal lead through Dembele's low angled finish in the 48th minute.

Rakitic crashed home Messi's ball over the top in the 52nd minute and the latter slid home his second after racing on to Philippe Coutinho's pass nine minutes later. Messi then provided a defence-splitting pass for Alba to fire home the seventh goal and after Suarez had been felled by Werner in time added on, he picked himself up to tuck home the penalty.

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