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Hutton: I'm willing to put country before club
Published : 29 Mar 2009 22:46:49Rss feed
Alan Hutton insists he is ready to go the distance for Scotland against Iceland - and risk the wrath of club boss Harry Redknapp. The Tottenham right-back wants to play the full 90 minutes in George Burley's must-win assignment at Hampden on Wednesday. Hutton featured for almost 20 minutes in the Amsterdam Arena and he is desperate to play his first full game since the Argentina friendly in November when he suffered a fracture in his foot to infuriate Spurs. 'Of course I have got 90 minutes in me and I want to play against Iceland,' insisted the 24-year-old. 'I've been working hard in training for weeks now, so I don't see why I couldn't play the full match if required. 'I was glad to get off the bench against Holland for a few minutes and I'm ready.' Harry Redknapp, who is at loggerheads with Fabio Capello over Ledley King and England, seemed to have a deal that Hutton would not face the Dutch at all and be kept in reserve for Iceland. Hutton said: 'I think there was a bit going on behind the scenes that I didn't know about (between the two managers). 'As far as I was concerned, I'd been training for weeks, I felt good, I felt sharp so if I was named in the squad I wanted to come and join the squad. 'There's not a question over my fitness now.' Hutton was asked if Redknapp told him not to face Holland. 'Not in so many words, but I'd been out for so long and I didn't want to rush back after what happened the last time,' said the Spurs defender. 'I'm absolutely desperate to play now. I'm itching to get on from the start and play. 'It's really tight between the other sides now and with this game being at home we really need to get the three points. We'll try our best to do that.' Burley is waiting on Stephen McManus, with the defender's ankle injury improving on a daily basis. But while he could make it, Derby forward Kris Commons looks set to miss out with a calf strain. Commons played in the win in Iceland last September and Burley must now come up with a plan that delivers his second victory as Scotland boss. 'I thought for the first 30 minutes against Holland we did well - if we play like that against the other three teams in the group then I'm sure we'll do well,' added Hutton. 'In Amsterdam it was more about trying to contain them, but at home we have to set out to attack and try to win. 'We need the points and, while it will be tough, we have the players who can get us the win we need.'