Leigh Griffiths starts as Scots make 8 changes for Wembley

Leigh Griffiths looks set to lead the Scotland attack at Wembley. Picture: SNS

Leigh Griffiths looks set to lead the Scotland attack at Wembley. Picture: SNS

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Leigh Griffiths will lead the Scotland attack against England this evening as Gordon Strachan rings the changes for the Wembley World Cup qualifer.

Griffiths is one of eight changes to the team which fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat in Slovakia last month. Ikechi Anya comes in for Callum Paterson at right-back and Craig Gordon replaces David Marshall in goal. Scott Brown returns to the midfield after making a U-turn on his decision to retire from international football.

Ikechi Anya is expected to start at right-back for Scotland against England. Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Ikechi Anya is expected to start at right-back for Scotland against England. Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Griffiths has been biding his time to lead the attack as calls for his inclusion grew louder and louder. It is his first competitive start for Scotland since a 2-0 defeat by Belgium in 2014 World Cup qualifier.

He will be supported by the artistry of Robert Snodgrass and pace of James Forrest on the flanks.

Brown is joined in midfield by Darren Fletcher and James Morrison, who scored at Wembley on Scotland’s last visit, as they look to protect the defence, while making sure Griffiths does not become isolated.

Anya’s pace has been favoured over Paterson’s height and power at right-back in a back line which sees Rangers left-back Lee Wallace win his first cap in more than six years. Grant Hanley retains his place in central defence but his usual partner Russell Martin drops out and is replaced by Ipswich Town’s Christophe Berra.

Scotland team:

Craig Gordon; Ikechi Anya, Grant Hanley, Christophe Berra, Lee Wallace; Darren Fletcher ©, Scott Brown, James Morrison; James Forrest, Leigh Griffiths, Robert Snodgrass.

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