Scotland national under-21 football team

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Scotland under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Scottish Football Association
Head coach Ricky Sbragia (caretaker)
Most caps Christian Dailly (35)[1]
Top scorer Scott Booth (8)[1]
Jordan Rhodes (8)[1]
First colours
Second colours
First international
Czech Republic Czechoslovakia 0 – 0 Scotland Scotland
12 October 1976
Biggest win
Scotland Scotland 5 – 0 Finland Finland
6 September 1995[2]
Biggest defeat
England England 6 – 0 Scotland Scotland
13 August 2013
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 6 (First in 1980)
Best result Semi-finalists (1982, 1992, 1996)

The Scotland national under-21 football team, controlled by the Scottish Football Association, is Scotland's national under 21 football team and is considered to be a feeder team for the Scotland national football team.

As a European under-21 team, Scotland compete in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, which is usually held every other year. The team has qualified for the final stages of these Championships on six occasions, although not since 1996. There is no global tournament for under-21 national teams. Performance in the European Championship determines qualification for football at the Summer Olympics, which Scotland is unable to compete in.

History[edit]

The Scottish team for their match on 5 September 2009 against Austria.

Scotland played under-23 international matches, mainly friendlies against England and Wales, from 1955 until 1975.[3] Scotland first entered the UEFA competition for under-23 national teams in 1975–76. Scotland reached the quarter-finals, but were eliminated on a penalty shootout by the Netherlands. An under-21 team then came into existence, replacing the under-23 team, when UEFA reduced the age limit.[4]

Scotland under-21s have reached the last four of the European tournament three times (1982, 1992 and 1996), while appearing in the quarter finals on three other occasions (1980, 1984 and 1988). The team qualified for the 1992 Summer Olympics and 1996 Summer Olympics, but were unable to compete due to Scotland not being independently represented in the International Olympic Committee.[5] Similar to the full national side, however, the under-21 team has not qualified for a finals tournament since the late 1990s. The under-21 team reached the playoff round for the 2004 and 2011 tournaments, but lost to Croatia[6] and Iceland[7] respectively.

Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1976 Quarter Final[note 1] 6 5 0 1 13 4
1978 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 5 4
1980 Quarter Final 7 3 3 1 14 7
1982 Semi Final 8 3 3 2 9 6
1984 Quarter Final 8 5 2 1 14 10
1986 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 1 4
1988 Quarter Final 6 3 1 2 7 4
1990 Did not qualify 6 1 1 4 7 13
1992 Semi Final 10 6 2 2 18 10
1994 Did not qualify 8 2 2 4 8 11
1996 Fourth place 12 8 0 4 21 10
1998 Did not qualify 10 2 1 7 10 20
2000 10 4 2 4 18 12
2002 6 2 2 2 6 6
2004 8 5 1 2 11 8
2006 10 1 3 6 6 17
2007 2 0 0 2 1 4
2009 8 5 1 2 17 6
2011 10 5 2 3 18 11
2013 8 3 4 1 16 9
2015 8 3 2 3 12 15

*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided by a penalty shootout.

  • Bronze background color indicates third or fourth place finish (some competitions did not have a third place playoff match).

Head coaches[edit]

Billy Stark, head coach of the team from 2008 to 2014.

Archie Knox left his post as Scotland's National Youth Teams Coach on 30 August 2007 to take up a full-time with Bolton Wanderers as coaching co-ordinator, Maurice Malpas took temporary charge. In January 2008 the SFA appointed a new full-time coach in Billy Stark, who left his job as manager of Second Division side Queen's Park to take the position.[8] Stark resigned from the position in November 2014.[9]

Tenure Head Coach/Manager
1975–1986 Andy Roxburgh
1986–1993 Craig Brown
1993–1998 Tommy Craig[10]
1998–2002 Alex Smith[10][11]
2002–2005 Rainer Bonhof[11][12]
2005–2006 Maurice Malpas (caretaker)[13]
2006–2007 Archie Knox[14]
2007–2008 Maurice Malpas (caretaker)[15]
2008–2014 Billy Stark[8][9]
2014–present Ricky Sbragia (caretaker)[9]

Players[edit]

Leading appearances[edit]

Rank Player Club(s) Period U-21 Caps
1 Christian Dailly Dundee United 1990–1996 35
2 Steven Pressley Rangers, Coventry City, Dundee United 1993–1996 27
3 Paul Hanlon Hibernian 2009–2012 23
=4 Craig Easton Dundee United 1997–2001 22
=4 Gary Naysmith Heart of Midlothian 1996–1999 22
6 Shaun Maloney Celtic 2001–2005 21
=7 Stuart Armstrong Dundee United 2010–2014 20
=7 Jamie McCunnie Dundee United, Ross County, Dunfermline Athletic 2001–2005 20
=9 Stevie Crawford Raith Rovers 1994–1996 19
=9 Ryan Jack Aberdeen 2011–2014 19
=9 Mark Wilson Dundee United, Celtic 2004–2006 19

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21 team. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team at the moment.

Leading goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club(s) Period U-21 Goals
=1 Scott Booth Aberdeen 1990–1993 8
=1 Jordan Rhodes Huddersfield Town 2011–2012 8
=3 Jamie Murphy Motherwell 2008–2010 6
=3 Chris Maguire Aberdeen 2008–2010 6
=3 Jim Hamilton Dundee, Heart of Midlothian 1995–1997 6
=3 Mark Burchill Celtic 1998–2001 6
=7 Gerry Creaney Celtic 1990–1992 5
=7 Christian Dailly Dundee United 1990–1996 5
=7 Steven Fletcher Hibernian 2006–2008 5
=7 Simon Lynch Celtic 2002–2003 5
=7 Shaun Maloney Celtic 2001–2005 5
=7 Steven Naismith Kilmarnock, Rangers 2005–2008 5
=7 Steven Thompson Dundee United 1997–1999 5
=7 Tony Watt Celtic 2012–2013 5

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team at the moment.

Eligibility[edit]

The team is for players born in the year 21 years before the starting year of each tournament.[16] As each tournament normally takes two years to complete, players can continue to play for the under-21 team after their 22nd birthday.[16] For example, Theo Walcott (born March 1989) was eligible to play for England under-21s in the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[16] As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, making it possible to play for the under-21s, senior side and then return to the under-21 side.[16] It is now also possible to play for one country at youth level and another country at senior level (providing the player is eligible).[4] For instance, Nigel Quashie played for England under-21s and Scotland.[4] Until the late 1980s, teams were allowed to select some over-age players in the under-21 team,[17][18][19] similar to the present arrangement in football at the Summer Olympics.[20]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were selected to play Switzerland in November 2014.[21]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ryan Fulton (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 18) 0 0 England Liverpool
1GK Jack Hamilton (1994-03-13) 13 March 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Scotland Heart of Midlothian
1GK Jonathan Henly (1994-07-06) 6 July 1994 (age 20) 1 0 England Welling United
2DF Stuart Findlay (1995-09-14) 14 September 1995 (age 19) 10 0 Scotland Celtic
2DF Marcus Fraser (1994-06-23) 23 June 1994 (age 20) 5 0 Scotland Cowdenbeath
2DF Stephen Hendrie (1995-01-08) 8 January 1995 (age 19) 3 0 Scotland Hamilton Academical
2DF Dominic Hyam (1995-12-20) 20 December 1995 (age 19) 1 0 England Reading
2DF Jordan McGhee (1996-07-24) 24 July 1996 (age 18) 9 0 Scotland Heart of Midlothian
2DF Jason Naismith (1994-06-20) 20 June 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Scotland St. Mirren
3MF Jay Fulton (1994-04-01) 1 April 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Wales Swansea City
3MF Danny Handling (1994-02-06) 6 February 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Scotland Hibernian
3MF Adam King (1995-10-11) 11 October 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Wales Swansea City
3MF Cameron King (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 19) 1 1 England Norwich City
3MF Craig Slater (1994-04-26) 26 April 1994 (age 20) 5 0 Scotland Kilmarnock
4FW Harry Cardwell (1996-10-28) 28 October 1996 (age 18) 1 0 England Reading
4FW Ryan Christie (1995-02-22) 22 February 1995 (age 19) 2 0 Scotland Inverness Caledonian Thistle
4FW Ryan Fraser (1994-02-24) 24 February 1994 (age 20) 7 2 England Bournemouth
4FW Ryan Gauld (1995-12-16) 16 December 1995 (age 19) 4 2 Portugal Sporting CP
4FW Declan McManus (1994-08-03) 3 August 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Scotland Greenock Morton

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Scotland under-21 squad and remain eligible (current clubs shown).

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Callum Paterson (1994-10-13) 13 October 1994 (age 20) 7 1 Scotland Heart of Midlothian  Switzerland, 18 November 2014
DF Joe Chalmers (1994-01-03) 3 January 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Scotland Celtic  Hungary, 5 March 2014
DF Jack Grimmer (1994-01-25) 25 January 1994 (age 20) 1 0 England Fulham  Hungary, 5 March 2014
DF John Souttar (1996-09-25) 25 September 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Scotland Dundee United  Hungary, 5 March 2014
DF Andrew Robertson (1994-03-11) 11 March 1994 (age 20) 3 0 England Hull City  Georgia, 14 October 2013
MF John McGinn (1994-10-18) 18 October 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Scotland St. Mirren  Switzerland, 18 November 2014
MF Sam Nicholson (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Scotland Heart of Midlothian  Switzerland, 18 November 2014
MF Billy King (1994-05-12) 12 May 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Scotland Heart of Midlothian  Luxembourg, 8 September 2014
MF Lewis Macleod (1994-06-16) 16 June 1994 (age 20) 8 2 Scotland Rangers  Luxembourg, 8 September 2014
MF Sam Stanton (1994-04-19) 19 April 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Scotland Hibernian  Netherlands, 28 May 2014
MF John Herron (1994-02-01) 1 February 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Scotland Celtic  Georgia, 14 November 2013
MF Matthew Kennedy (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Scotland Hibernian  Georgia, 14 October 2013
MF Barrie McKay (1994-12-30) 30 December 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Scotland Raith Rovers  Portugal, 14 November 2012
FW Mark Beck (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 20) 0 0 England Carlisle United  Georgia, 14 October 2013
FW Islam Feruz (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 19) 4 2 Greece OFI  England, 13 August 2013
FW Dale Carrick (1994-01-07) 7 January 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Scotland Heart of Midlothian  Canada, 15 October 2012

Past squads[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Under-23 competition.

References[edit]

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