Date: 20th November 2007 at 10:02am
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Chris Iwelumo has his chance to impress Scotland boss Alex McLeish tonight when he plays for the Scottish B side against a Republic of Ireland B side.

This is not the first time that Chris Iwelumo has been named in a B squad, the last coming five years ago when Berti Vogts called him up, but due to play-off commitments with Stoke at the time he had to withdraw, and another chance has not come about until now. However, Alex McLeish is looking forward to working with the Addicks striker: “Alan Pardew has been pleased with him, and tells me the lad is a passionate Scot,” said McLeish on the Addicks website

“He’s a strong lad, and has been scoring goals in England for a few years now, and it was difficult to ignore him.

“He started out at St Mirren a few years ago and has matured well.

“There have been calls for him to be included earlier in the qualifying process but the timing wasn’t right because all the players in the senior squad were doing exceptionally well.

“So now is the time and this is why the B games are so important for us, in terms of getting a look at one or two players.”

Depending on how well Chris Iwelumo performs tonight the Scotland B side this shouldn’t be the last port of call for the 29 year old in his international career.

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