List of footballers born in Scotland who have played for other international teams

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This is a list of football players born in Scotland who have represented other national football teams.

The Brown family, which emigrated from Scotland in 1825, was prominent in the early development of football in Argentina.[1] Several family members represented Argentina, although none were born in Scotland itself.[1] Although the Scotland team did not participate in a FIFA World Cup tournament until 1954,[2] several Scottish born players played for the USA at the 1930 FIFA World Cup.[3] The USA team reached the semi-finals, with Jim Brown scoring in a heavy defeat against Argentina.[2][3] Ed McIlvenny was part of the USA team, managed by William Jeffrey, that beat England 1–0 at the 1950 FIFA World Cup.[2][4][5]

In more recent times, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady have opted to play for the Republic of Ireland instead of Scotland, due to having Irish grandparents.[6]

List of players[edit]

The following players, who were born in Scotland, have played at least one game for a full national football team other than Scotland.

  • Note, for the purposes of international football the football world governing body, FIFA, considers Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland to be distinct and individual countries.[7][8]

Australia[edit]

Canada[edit]

England[edit]

Ireland (1882–1950)[edit]

Italy[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

Northern Ireland[edit]

Republic of Ireland[edit]

United States[edit]

Uruguay[edit]

Wales[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brennan, Dan (15 November 2008). "Argentine football returns to roots of its Scottish founder". The Scotsman (Johnston Publishing). Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Ralston, Gary (10 June 2010). "World Cup 2010: Exclusive: How Scotland helped guide the USA to World Cup semi-finals in 1930". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h English, Tom (30 May 2010). "Soccer pioneers: The Scottish players that made it to the semi-finals in the first World Cup". Scotland on Sunday. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Malcolm, Ross (12 June 2010). "The Scot who beat England at World Cup – with the USA". The Scotsman. Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Stoddart, Russell (23 June 2014). "World Cup: Ed McIlvenny - the Scot who sunk England in 1950". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Jardine, Peter (8 October 2008). "Irish ready to fight Scottish bid to 'poach' Hamilton star McCarthy". Daily Mail (Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "FIFA vote threat to Scotland team". Scottish National Party. Retrieved 13 January 2008. 
  8. ^ Robert Wagman. "FIFA needs to tighten nationality loopholes". Soccer Times. Retrieved 13 January 2008. 
  9. ^ Archie Blue at National-Football-Teams.com
  10. ^ "AIS Women's Football – Collette Mccallum". Australian Institute of Sport. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  11. ^ David Mitchell at National-Football-Teams.com
  12. ^ "Interview: Jack Reilly, former Hibs goalie, on the state of Scottish football". sport.scotsman.com (Johnston Press). 11 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Jimmy Rooney at National-Football-Teams.com
  14. ^ John Connor at National-Football-Teams.com
  15. ^ Jimmy Douglas at National-Football-Teams.com
  16. ^ Iain Fraser at National-Football-Teams.com
  17. ^ Gerry Gray at National-Football-Teams.com
  18. ^ Iain Hume at National-Football-Teams.com
  19. ^ John Kerr at National-Football-Teams.com
  20. ^ Jim McDonald at National-Football-Teams.com
  21. ^ John McGrane at National-Football-Teams.com
  22. ^ Ian MacLean at National-Football-Teams.com
  23. ^ Colin Miller at National-Football-Teams.com
  24. ^ David Norman at National-Football-Teams.com
  25. ^ Gordon Wallace at National-Football-Teams.com
  26. ^ "John Bain". www.englandstats.com. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  27. ^ William 'WK' Gibson at National-Football-Teams.com
  28. ^ William Leslie at National-Football-Teams.com
  29. ^ Bob Milne at National-Football-Teams.com
  30. ^ Bob Morrison at National-Football-Teams.com
  31. ^ Jack Ponsonby at National-Football-Teams.com
  32. ^ John 'Jap' Walker at National-Football-Teams.com
  33. ^ Johnny Moscardini at National-Football-Teams.com
  34. ^ Rinaldi, Giancarlo (13 November 2007). "The Scotsman who played for Italy". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  35. ^ Hugh MacDonald (12 November 2007). "Reilly rightly at home in Hall of Fame". The Herald (Glasgow). Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  36. ^ Jock Aird at National-Football-Teams.com
  37. ^ Gillies, Iain (22 June 2010). "Ormond family left rich legacy in Bay football". Gisborne Herald. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  38. ^ Danny Hegan at National-Football-Teams.com
  39. ^ "Blunder ends NI career for McLean". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 April 2006. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  40. ^ McLean, Euan (31 May 2012). "James McPake: I opted for Northern Ireland after waiting three years for Scotland call-up". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  41. ^ Halliday, Stephen (30 November 2012). "Owen Coyle: Irish cap but born and bred in Gorbals". The Scotsman. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  42. ^ Charlie Gallagher at National-Football-Teams.com
  43. ^ Fallon, John (21 June 2012). "Littlejohn looking to stun the Scots". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  44. ^ Bernie Slaven at National-Football-Teams.com