Berra beams at call-up

Hearts captain hopes to play against Croatia

Berra: Hoping to face Croatia

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Hearts defender Christophe Berra has spoken of his delight at being named in George Burley's first Scotland squad.

Burley, who was confirmed as Scotland manager in January, has included Berra in the squad for the friendly international at Hampden Park on 26th March.

Berra, 23, who played under Burley as a youngster at Hearts, has been promoted from the Scotland B squad.

And the centre-back has set his sights on fulfilling a life-long ambition by representing his nation at a senior level.

"It is a great boost for me personally and obviously I am very happy to be in the squad," he told Hearts' official website.

"There had been a bit of speculation about it over the past couple of weeks but it was just a case of me waiting to see what happened.

Point to prove

"I think I have kept up a consistent level of performance since coming into the Hearts side and the only way you can get into the international squad is by doing well at club level.

"This is a really important game for everyone given that it is his (Burley's) first one in charge and everyone will be wanting to impress him.

"George will also want to do well in his first game to set the tone for his management of the national side.

"I am not going along to make up the numbers in the squad. He has brought in some fresh blood and it's up to me to keep working hard, keep learning as much as I can and you never know, there might be an opportunity for me against Croatia.

"Only time will tell but it's every footballer's ambition to play for their country."