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Aston Villa defender puts gloss on dismal season

Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton put some gloss on a dismal season by winning half a century of caps for his country.

Hutton earned his 50th cap for Scotland in their impressive 1-0 victory against The Czech Republic on Thursday evening.

The Aston Villa man played the full 90 minutes for Gordon Strachan's team, in what would have been a pleasant distraction from a horrendous season with Aston Villa.

The former Tottenham full-back has played 24 times for the Villains this season, but has been unable to prevent them from being rock bottom of the Premier League, 12 points adrift from safety, with only seven games to go.

It was a career that promised so much, especially when he was transferred from Rangers to Spurs for around £9 million in January 2008.

His combative style was thought to be perfectly suited to the Premier League. Bad luck with injuries, however, blunted the 31-year-old's progress and he ended up playing only 66 times for the Lilywhites before he was sold on to Aston Villa.

Although Scotland have struggled on the international stage, his tally of 50 caps has to be applauded. The right-back slot is one of their stronger positions, with Hutton in direct competition with a host of Premier League names including Norwich City's Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker.

Hutton made his international debut for Scotland in a friendly against Austria in May 2007.


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