Sunderland have released Scottish international Craig Gordon five years after the Premier League side paid a British record fee for a goalkeeper of £9million for his services.
Steve Bruce did all he could to suppress the excitement surrounding Sunderland's lofty Premier League position, sitting sixth after yesterday's 1-0 win over Bolton, particularly as they head to Manchester United next.
Three first-half goals saw an experimental Scotland side cruise to a 3-0 friendly win over the Faroe Islands as three players scored their first international goals.
Jamie Mackie has been called up to the Scotland squad for October's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers by manager Craig Levein, but there is no place for Kris Boyd.
Steve Bruce has expressed his despair at Craig Gordon suffering a fractured arm, but stressed that Sunderland have sufficient goalkeeping cover.
Sunderland and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon has broken his arm in training, his club has confirmed.