Burnley star George Boyd eyeing Scotland recall


George Boyd is keen on working his way back into contention for an international call-up by impressing at Burnley.

The twice-capped 29-year-old completed a three-year switch to Turf Moor on September 1, having spent a year-and-a-half with FA Cup runners up Hull City.

His move to the Tigers saw him rise to intentional prominence, winning two caps whilst under their tutelage, although he failed to receive a call-up to Gordon Strachan’s side for their European Championship qualifiers last month, whilst also missing out on the Tartan Army for the current round of international fixtures.

However, his dismissal from the squad has not lessened his desire to play for his country, and the Kent-born winger - who received eligibility to play for Scotland due to his maternal grandfather - is keen to impress with the Clarets enough to work his way back into Strachan’s first-team plans.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: “I really enjoyed playing for Scotland and hopefully if I can play well for Burnley then I can get back in it.

“But obviously playing well for Burnley is the most important thing, and if I play well for Burnley it helps itself out if I’m going to get back in the Scotland squad.”

The Scots lost their first qualifier to World Champions Germany in September, but they beat Georgia 1-0 on Saturday, and are looking to clinch victory over Poland tonight. Whilst they have set themselves up for a good qualification campaign after their early start, Boyd believes that the chance to get into a well performing squad never diminishes, with Clarets teammate Scott Arfield also pushing for inclusion.

“They’re doing so well at the minute and he’s [Strachan] got his squad together,” Boyd added.

“But you never know with a few injuries there’s a chance for the likes of me and Scott Arfield, who's been playing really well, to get in the squad.

“I think he’s deserved to be in the last two squads the way he’s playing, if he keeps playing well that’s all he can do, keep playing like he is and hopefully he will get in.

“I think he (Strachan) knows what we’ve got, so it’s up to him to put us in the squad.”

Boyd and Arfield will be looking to make their mark on Strachan when the Premier League returns this weekend, with Burnley hosting West Ham on Saturday.

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