Burley calls up Graham Dorrans and Gavin Rae for Dutch game

Scotland manager George Burley has called up Cardiff midfielder Gavin Rae and West Brom striker Graham Dorrans to the squad for the crucial World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands at Hampden Park on Wednesday night.

Rae’s last appearance for Scotland was against Iceland in April this year. Dorrans have 5 U-21 appearances to his name, but has never played for the senior squad.

Burley made the call ups after Scott Brown limped out of the Macedonia game with a hamstring. Influential forward James McFadden is suspended for the Holland game.

Ukraine 5-0 Andorra -WC 2010 qualifying

Ukraine crushed minnows Andorra 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Kiev on Saturday to keep their hopes of qualifying alive. With the result, Ukraine now have 14 points from 7 games, while second placed Croatia have 17 points from 8 games.

Andriy Yarmolenko gave the Ukraine the lead on 9 minutes, and it was doubled by Artem Milevskiy just before half time. Andriy Shevchenko scored the third from the spot on 72 minutes, and the Andorrans gave away two other penalties in second half injury time, which were converted by Milevskiy and Yevhen Seleznyov respectively.

Final score :-

Ukraine 5-0 Andorra ( Andriy Yarmolenko 9′, Artem Milevskiy 45+2′, Andriy Shevchenko 72′ pen, Artem Milevskiy 90+1′ pen, Yevhen Seleznyov 90+5′ pen)

How the Sam Vokes deal collapsed

Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Sam Vokes was supposed to go on a season long loan to Derby County, but the move collapsed on transfer deadline day. Now Wolves chairman Jez Moxey has revealed the real reasons for the deal not going through.

Mr.Moxey, while speaking to the Birmingham Mail, said that the Rams had agreed a deal to bring Vokes on loan to Pride Park as a replacement for the departing Rob Hulse, who was supposed to go to Middlesbrough.

However Hulse’s move did not go through, and Derby pulled the plug on the Vokes deal at the last minute, saying that they could not guarantee the striker first team football. Continue reading “How the Sam Vokes deal collapsed”