Leeds United's Liam Cooper in Scotland squad for World Cup qualifying play-offs

Leeds United's Liam Cooper has been named in the Scotland squad that will attempt to qualify for a World Cup where they would face England for the first time.

Steve Clarke's side face Ukraine at Hampden Park on June 1 in a qualifying play-off which was delayed by Russia's invasion. The winners will then play in Wales on June 5 for the right to go to Qatar.

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Whoever comes out on top have been drawn in England's group for the November/December tournament, and will face them on November 29.

SCOTLAND CALL-UP: Leeds United centre-back Liam CooperSCOTLAND CALL-UP: Leeds United centre-back Liam Cooper
SCOTLAND CALL-UP: Leeds United centre-back Liam Cooper
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Scotland are without key defender Kieran Tierney but have Leeds captain Cooper fit again in the centre of defence after three months out with a hamstring injury either side of the new year.

Cooper missed two games with a knee problem in April/May, but has played the other six of Leeds's final eight matches of the season.

Sheffield United's Oli McBurnie misses the games with a broken foot.

Football was suspended in Ukraine as a result of the war but Oleksandr Petrakov's squad have since played three friendlies in the past eight days, whilst others have remained active playing domestic football in other countries.

The Premier League will be suspended whilst the first winter World Cup takes place.

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