Tynecastle club see another couple of men asked to represent their country
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Hearts captain Lawrence Shankland has been added to the Scotland squad ahead of this week's European Championship qualifiers against Georgia and Norway. The striker was called up today after scoring twice in the Edinburgh club's 2-1 win at Motherwell on Saturday.
He replaces the Southampton forward Che Adams, who withdrew from the national team through injury and left a void in attack for the final two Euro 2024 qualifiers. Shankland steps in hoping to win his first international cap since March's 2-0 victory over Spain at Hampden Park. He joins Hearts colleague Zander Clark in the squad.
Their Tynecastle team-mate, Aidan Denholm, has also been added to the Scotland Under-21 pool for upcoming Euro qualifiers against Belgium and Hungary. The 19-year-old midfielder has impressed on several occasions at club level this season and was also a late call-up by Scotland Under-21 coach Scot Gemmill last month. He joins midfielder Alex Lowry and defender Lewis Neilson as the Hearts representatives in the squad.
Scotland Under-21s play the Belgians at the Stadion Schiervelde in Roeselare this Friday, 17 November, in a 7pm kick-off. They travel to meet Hungary four days later on Tuesday, 21 November, at Budapest's Hidegkuti Nandor Stadion in another 7pm kick-off.
The senior national side are in action first. They travel to Tbilisi to play Georgia this Thursday, 16 November, in a tie which kicks off at 5pm UK time. Then they host Norway at Hampden in a 7.45pm kick-off on Sunday. That match is set to be a sellout as the Tartan Army gather to celebrate Scotland's qualification for next summer's Euro 2024 finals in Germany.