Fletcher and Hutton drop out

Scotland bring in Hughes and Cowie

Fletcher: Ruled out

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Scotland's decimated squad for their friendly with Japan has suffered two further withdrawals with Darren Fletcher and Alan Hutton pulling out.

George Burley has now seen nine players from his original party withdraw from Saturday's clash in the Far East.

Burley has brought in Stephen Hughes and Don Cowie as replacements for the latest duo to drop out.

Manchester United midfielder Fletcher and Spurs full-back Hutton join Scott Brown, Steven Naismith, Danny Fox, Kevin Thomson, Robert Snodgrass, Shaun Maloney and Garry O'Connor on the sidelines.

Norwich midfielder Hughes and Watford's Cowie will be hoping to earn their first caps for their country after being called up.


Meanwhile, Scotland will take on Wales in an international at the new Cardiff City Stadium, the Scottish FA have confirmed.

The match will take place on Saturday, 14th November although no kick-off time has been confirmed yet.

It will be the first meeting of the teams since 2004, when Wales beat Scotland 4-0 in a friendly at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff with a hat-trick by Robert Earnshaw, now at Nottingham Forest.

A statement on the SFA website read: "The Scottish FA is delighted to confirm that they have reached agreement with Wales to play a match in Cardiff in November.

"The match will take place at the City of Cardiff Stadium on November 14. The kick-off time is yet to be confirmed.

"We are currently in discussion with the Welsh FA in regards to ticketing arrangements for Scotland supporters."

Kit deal

And the SFA and adidas today confirmed the sportswear giant as the new official kit supplier to the Scotland national team.

The deal will run from January 2010 to June 2014 and the new kit will be worn for the first time at Scotland's friendly against the Czech Republic in March.

SFA chief executive Gordon Smith said: "This is a great deal for the Scottish FA and a huge show of faith in Scotland by one of largest and most prestigious sports brands in the world.