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Weir set to restart Scotland career Jan 28 2005

By Andy Hunter, Daily Post
DAVID WEIR'S Goodison renaissance is to be recognised with an end to his international exile today.

The Everton defender has refused to play for Scotland ever since Berti Vogts made him a scapegoat for a draw with the Faroe Islands in a European Championship qualifier in September 2002.

But his excellent Premiership form this season and Walter Smith's appointment as Scotland coach have encouraged a recall after 28-months in the international wilderness.

Former Everton manager Smith opened the way for Weir's return as soon as he replaced Vogts in December. And following positive talks with the 34-year-old Smith is expected to announce a comeback for Weir when he unveils his first Scotland squad today.

Weir's recall will initially be for an international get-together around February 9.

But his inclusion is also with the World Cup qualifier against Italy in March in mind.

The defender would win his 38th Scotland cap if he appears in Milan - completing a remarkable transformation for a player who thought his Everton career would be over this season.

Weir made only 12 appearances for David Moyes last term, but has been almost ever-present this season and is currently in talks with the Goodison hierarchy over a 12-month contract extension.
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