Brown tries to rouse his team

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Craig Brown, the Scotland coach, last night threw down a challenge to his players before their second Kirin Cup match against Ecuador in Toyama, Japan, today. He promised that those who impress against the South Americans will be included in the squad for next month's European Championship qualifier against the Faroe Islands.

"Everyone here with us in Japan is in the frame for the Faroes," said Brown, who has made three changes after Sunday's 0-0 draw with Japan in Hiroshima. Motherwell's Rob McKinnon is still suffering from severe bruising to his left knee, so he will be on the substitutes' bench; his place is taken by Middlesbrough's Derek Whyte. John Spencer is suspended after his red card against Japan, so Hearts' John Robertson starts up front. The third change sees Oldham's Paul Bernard replace Paul Lambert.

Scotland must win if they are to retain any hope of lifting the trophy. The final match takes place on Saturday between Japan and Ecuador.

The Stoke City striker, Paul Peschisolido, scored twice to steer Canada to a 2-0 victory over Northern Ireland in the opening match of the Canada Cup international tournament in Edmonton on Monday.

Peschisolido opened the scoring after nine minutes, shooting home a loose ball after Darren Patterson's challenge on Geoff Aunger, the former Luton midfielder. He added his second midway through the second half, beating goalkeeper Alan Fettis after being released by the St Johnstone midfielder, Colin Miller. Northern Ireland play Chile in the same city tomorrow.

n European football's governing body, Uefa, will not sanction any further international or European club matches in Croatia, following the escalation of hostilities there.

SCOTLAND (v Ecuador, Kirin Cup; Toyama, Japan, today): Leighton (Hibernian); McLaren (Rangers), Martin (Motherwell), Calderwood (Tottenham), Bernard (Oldham), McKinlay (Dundee Utd), Gemmill (Nottingham Forest), Jackson (Hibernian), Whyte (Middlesbrough), Robertson (Hearts), Burley (Chelsea).

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