Sheffield Wednesday: Rhys McCabe gets Scotland boost

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RHYS McCabe is returning to the task of trying to win back his Wednesday place after keeping himself match fit with a 90-minute outing for Scotland Under 21s.

McCabe will also be glad to get back to the facilities of Hillsborough and Middlewood after his experience in Greece.

The Scots’ friendly took place at the home of Greek third division side Korinthos in a stadium that is said to have been ramshackle and with an away dressing room that had only four showers and a hole in the ground for the toilet,

The Greeks also repeatedly played the Three Lions song - an England anthem.

But it was a worthwhile trip for McCabe and his team-mates, who earned a 1-1 draw in the final warm-up before they begin a European Championship campaign with a home game against Luxembourg next month.

McCabe almost put Scotland ahead in the sixth minute in uncharacteristic fashion - with a far-post header from a free kick; it was saved.

He has been kept out of the Wednesday team by the central partnership of Giles Coke and David Prutton, and his last game was at Hull, where he stayed off at half time because he was unwell.

But the 20-year-old is rated as a player of the future by Wednesday and Scotland, and the Under 21s were praised by manager Billy Stark.

He said: “I said to the players at the end, you can’t play well every game; you have to show the other qualities.

“They dug deep, hung in there and showed good old fashioned character. I’m absolutely delighted with them.”