Scotland national under-21 football team

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Scotland under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Scottish Football Association
Head coach Billy Stark
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

*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, current head coach of the team.

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]

Tenure Head Coach/Manager
1975–1986 Scotland Andy Roxburgh
1986–1993 Scotland Craig Brown
1993–1998 Scotland Tommy Craig
1998–2002 Scotland Alex Smith
2002–2005 Germany Rainer Bonhof[9]
2006–2007 Scotland Archie Knox[9]
2007 Scotland Maurice Malpas (caretaker)[10]
2008–present Scotland Billy Stark[8]

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 Jamie McCunnie Dundee United, Ross County, Dunfermline Athletic 2001–2005 20
=8 Stevie Crawford Raith Rovers 1994–1996 19
=8 Mark Wilson Dundee United, Celtic 2004–2006 19
10 Jamie Fullarton St. Mirren 1993–1996 18

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 Jordan Rhodes Huddersfield Town 2011–2012 8
=1 Scott Booth Aberdeen 1990–1993 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 Shaun Maloney Celtic 2001–2005 5
=7 Steven Naismith Kilmarnock, Rangers 2005–2008 5
=7 Gerry Creaney Celtic 1990–1992 5
=7 Simon Lynch Celtic 2002–2003 5
=7 Steven Thompson Dundee United 1997–1999 5
=7 Steven Fletcher Hibernian 2006–2008 5
=7 Tony Watt Celtic 2012–current 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.[11] As each tournament normally takes two years to complete, players can continue to play for the under-21 team after their 22nd birthday.[11] For example, Theo Walcott (born March 1989) was eligible to play for England under-21s in the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[11] 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.[11] 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,[12][13][14] similar to the present arrangement in football at the Summer Olympics.[15]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were selected to play the Netherlands in May 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jordan Archer (1993-04-12) 12 April 1993 (age 21) 13 0 England Tottenham Hotspur
1GK Jonathan Henly (1994-07-06) 6 July 1994 (age 20) 0 0 England Reading
1GK Chris Kettings (1992-10-25) 25 October 1992 (age 21) 3 0 England Crystal Palace
2DF Stuart Findlay (1995-09-14) 14 September 1995 (age 18) 7 0 Scotland Celtic
2DF Marcus Fraser (1994-06-23) 23 June 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Scotland Celtic
2DF Sean Kelly (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Scotland St. Mirren
2DF Jordan McGhee (1996-07-24) 24 July 1996 (age 18) 6 0 Scotland Heart of Midlothian
2DF Kevin McHattie (1993-07-15) 15 July 1993 (age 21) 6 0 Scotland Heart of Midlothian
3MF Stuart Armstrong (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 22) 20 4 Scotland Dundee United
3MF Ryan Fraser (1994-02-24) 24 February 1994 (age 20) 4 1 England Bournemouth
3MF Danny Handling (1994-02-06) 6 February 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Scotland Hibernian
3MF Jason Holt (1993-02-19) 19 February 1993 (age 21) 7 0 Scotland Heart of Midlothian
3MF John McGinn (1994-10-18) 18 October 1994 (age 19) 2 0 Scotland St. Mirren
3MF Dylan McGeough (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 21) 10 0 Scotland Celtic
3MF Callum McGregor (1993-06-14) 14 June 1993 (age 21) 5 1 Scotland Celtic
3MF Kenny McLean (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 22) 11 0 Scotland St. Mirren
3MF Stefan Scougall (1992-12-07) 7 December 1992 (age 21) 2 0 England Sheffield United
3MF Craig Slater (1994-04-26) 26 April 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Scotland Kilmarnock
3MF Sam Stanton (1994-04-19) 19 April 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Scotland Hibernian
4FW Stevie May (1992-11-03) 3 November 1992 (age 21) 6 2 Scotland St. Johnstone
4FW Rory McKenzie (1993-10-07) 7 October 1993 (age 20) 2 0 Scotland Kilmarnock
4FW Callum Paterson (1994-10-13) 13 October 1994 (age 19) 7 1 Scotland Heart of Midlothian

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Most recent call-up
Goalkeepers
Jack Hamilton (1994-03-13) 13 March 1994 (age 20) Scotland Heart of Midlothian 0 (0)  Netherlands, 5 September 2013
Robbie Thomson (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 21) Unattached 0 (0)  Luxembourg, 25 March 2013
Defenders
Joe Chalmers (1994-01-03) 3 January 1994 (age 20) Scotland Celtic 1 (0)  Hungary, 5 March 2014
Jack Grimmer (1994-01-25) 25 January 1994 (age 20) England Fulham 1 (0)  Hungary, 5 March 2014
John Souttar (1996-09-25) 25 September 1996 (age 17) Scotland Dundee United 0 (0)  Hungary, 5 March 2014
Ryan Jack (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 22) Scotland Aberdeen 17 (1)  Georgia, 14 November 2013
Fraser Kerr (1993-01-17) 17 January 1993 (age 21) Scotland Motherwell 3 (0)  Georgia, 14 November 2013
Andrew Robertson (1994-03-11) 11 March 1994 (age 20) Scotland Dundee United 3 (0)  Georgia, 14 October 2013
Clark Robertson (1993-09-05) 5 September 1993 (age 20) Scotland Aberdeen 9 (0)  Georgia, 14 October 2013
Kieran Duffie (1992-03-04) 4 March 1992 (age 22) Scotland Falkirk 6 (0)  England, 13 August 2013
Brad McKay (1993-03-26) 26 March 1993 (age 21) Scotland Heart of Midlothian 1 (0)  England, 13 August 2013
Lewis Toshney (1992-04-26) 26 April 1992 (age 22) Scotland Celtic 5 (1)  Luxembourg, 25 March 2013
Murray Wallace (1993-01-10) 10 January 1993 (age 21) England Huddersfield Town 4 (0)  Luxembourg, 25 March 2013
Stephen O'Donnell (1992-05-11) 11 May 1992 (age 22) Scotland Partick Thistle 1 (0)  Greece, 6 February 2013
Midfielders
Ryan Gauld (1995-12-16) 16 December 1995 (age 18) Portugal Sporting CP 1 (0)  Hungary, 5 March 2014
Stuart Bannigan (1992-09-17) 17 September 1992 (age 21) Scotland Partick Thistle 3 (0)  Georgia, 14 November 2013
Fraser Fyvie (1993-03-27) 27 March 1993 (age 21) England Wigan Athletic 8 (0)  Georgia, 14 October 2013
John Herron (1994-02-01) 1 February 1994 (age 20) Scotland Celtic 1 (0)  Georgia, 14 November 2013
Matthew Kennedy (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 19) England Everton 1 (0)  Georgia, 14 October 2013
Lewis Macleod (1994-06-16) 16 June 1994 (age 20) Scotland Rangers 6 (1)  Georgia, 14 November 2013
Jamie Walker (1993-06-25) 25 June 1993 (age 21) Scotland Heart of Midlothian 1 (1)  Netherlands, 5 September 2013
Rhys McCabe (1992-07-24) 24 July 1992 (age 22) England Sheffield Wednesday 3 (0)  Luxembourg, 25 March 2013
Barrie McKay (1994-12-30) 30 December 1994 (age 19) Scotland Rangers 1 (0)  Portugal, 14 November 2012
Callum Tapping (1993-06-05) 5 June 1993 (age 21) Scotland Heart of Midlothian 1 (0)  Portugal, 14 November 2012
Joe Bryan (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 20) England Bristol City 0 (0)  Canada, 15 October 2012
Cameron Park (1992-07-06) 6 July 1992 (age 22) Unattached 1 (0)  Canada, 15 October 2012
Forwards
Mark Beck (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 20) England Carlisle United 0 (0)  Georgia, 14 October 2013
Tony Watt (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 20) Scotland Celtic 9 (5)  Netherlands, 5 September 2013
Islam Feruz (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 18) England Chelsea 4 (2)  England, 13 August 2013
David Smith (1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 (age 21) Scotland Heart of Midlothian 4 (0)  England, 13 August 2013
Dale Carrick (1994-01-07) 7 January 1994 (age 20) Scotland Heart of Midlothian 1 (0)  Canada, 15 October 2012

Past squads[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Under-23 competition.

References[edit]

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