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The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT - BY JAMIE DURENT

Rus­sia cap­tain Artem Dzyuba is sur­prised by how quickly Scot­land has lost faith in its na­tional foot­ball side.

Dzyuba reck­ons the sup­port for Steve Clarke and his squad has evap­o­rated.

The 3-0 de­feat in Kaza­khstan put paid to Alex McLeish’s sec­ond ten­ure in charge, while de­feats by the Rus­sians and Bel­gium at Ham­p­den left a malaise.

Clarke has been hit by nu­mer­ous in­juries and with­drawals over his three in­ter­na­tional pe­ri­ods.

But Dzyuba be­lieves there needs to be greater back­ing for what Clarke is try­ing to achieve.

The 31-year-old striker said: “It’s a lit­tle weird that you don’t have a lit­tle faith in your team. It is sim­i­lar to the Rus­sian fans who didn’t have much faith in their team be­fore the World Cup.

“Noth­ing ter­ri­ble hap­pened. The loss to Kaza­khstan was a bit sur­pris­ing but it is a dif­fi­cult place to go, partly be­cause of the As­tro­Turf.

“You have ex­cel­lent play­ers play­ing for your side, for clubs like Liver­pool and Manch­ester United.

“Ini­tially, Scot­land was

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