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
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. The team usually plays their games at St Mirren Park in Paisley however, they have recently played matches at Pittodrie Stadium in Aberdeen.

History[edit]

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]
2014–2015 Ricky Sbragia (caretaker)[9]
2015 Danny Lennon (caretaker)[16]
2015–present Ricky Sbragia[17]

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.[18] As each tournament normally takes two years to complete, players can continue to play for the under-21 team after their 22nd birthday.[18] For example, Theo Walcott (born March 1989) was eligible to play for England under-21s in the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[18] 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.[18] 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,[19][20][21] similar to the present arrangement in football at the Summer Olympics.[22]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were selected to play Macedonia and Ukraine in September 2016.[23]

As of 26 August 2016
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK James Bransgrove (1995-05-12) 12 May 1995 (age 21) 0 0 England Colchester United
1GK Mark Hurst (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Scotland East Fife (on loan from St Johnstone)
1GK Liam Kelly (1996-01-23) 23 January 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Scotland Livingston (on loan from Rangers)

2DF Dominic Hyam (1995-12-20) 20 December 1995 (age 20) 3 0 England Reading
2DF Stephen Kingsley (1994-07-23) 23 July 1994 (age 22) 6 0 Wales Swansea City
2DF Donald Love (1994-12-02) 2 December 1994 (age 21) 6 0 England Sunderland
2DF Callum McFadzean (1994-04-01) 1 April 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Scotland Kilmarnock
2DF Jordan McGhee (1996-07-24) 24 July 1996 (age 20) 17 0 England Middlesbrough (on loan from Heart of Midlothian)
2DF Mark O'Hara (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Scotland Dundee
2DF Liam Smith (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Scotland Heart of Midlothian
2DF John Souttar (1996-09-25) 25 September 1996 (age 19) 4 0 Scotland Heart of Midlothian

3MF Ryan Gauld (1995-12-16) 16 December 1995 (age 20) 10 2 Portugal Vitoria de Setubal (on loan from Sporting CP)
3MF Liam Henderson (1996-04-25) 25 April 1996 (age 20) 3 0 Scotland Celtic
3MF Lewis Macleod (1994-06-16) 16 June 1994 (age 22) 8 2 England Brentford
3MF Craig Slater (1994-04-26) 26 April 1994 (age 22) 9 0 England Colchester United
3MF Craig Storie (1996-01-13) 13 January 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Scotland Aberdeen

4FW Ryan Christie (1995-02-22) 22 February 1995 (age 21) 8 1 Scotland Celtic
4FW Jason Cummings (1995-08-01) 1 August 1995 (age 21) 7 3 Scotland Hibernian
4FW Ryan Fraser (1994-02-24) 24 February 1994 (age 22) 9 3 England Bournemouth
4FW Billy King (1994-05-12) 12 May 1994 (age 22) 7 1 Scotland Inverness Caledonian Thistle (on loan from Heart of Midlothian)
4FW Oliver McBurnie (1996-06-04) 4 June 1996 (age 20) 3 1 Wales Swansea City
4FW Sam Nicholson (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 21) 7 0 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).

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ryan Fulton (1996-05-23) 23 May 1996 (age 20) 0 0 England Chesterfield (on loan from Liverpool)  Northern Ireland, 29 March 2016
GK Jack Hamilton (1994-03-22) 22 March 1994 (age 22) 10 0 Scotland Heart of Midlothian  Northern Ireland, 29 March 2016
GK Jonathan Henley (1994-06-07) 7 June 1994 (age 22) 1 0 England Reading  Northern Ireland, 29 March 2016

DF Stuart Findlay (1995-09-14) 14 September 1995 (age 20) 13 0 England Newcastle United  Northern Ireland, 29 March 2016
DF Marcus Fraser (1995-06-23) 23 June 1995 (age 21) 5 0 Scotland Ross County  Northern Ireland, 29 March 2016
DF Stephen Hendrie (1995-01-08) 8 January 1995 (age 21) 4 0 England Blackburn Rovers (on loan from West Ham United)  Northern Ireland, 29 March 2016
DF Callum Paterson (1994-10-13) 13 October 1994 (age 21) 12 2 Scotland Heart of Midlothian  Ukraine, 13 November 2015
DF Andrew Robertson (1994-03-11) 11 March 1994 (age 22) 4 0 England Hull City  Ukraine, 13 November 2015
DF Jason Naismith (1994-06-20) 20 June 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Scotland St Mirren   Switzerland, 18 November 2014
DF Joe Chalmers (1994-01-03) 3 January 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Scotland Motherwell  Hungary, 5 March 2014
DF Jack Grimmer (1994-01-25) 25 January 1994 (age 22) 1 0 England Fulham  Hungary, 5 March 2014

MF Liam Polworth (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Scotland Inverness Caledonian Thistle  Northern Ireland, 29 March 2016
MF Jay Fulton (1994-04-01) 1 April 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Wales Swansea City  Ukraine, 13 November 2015
MF Stephen Mallan (1996-03-25) 25 March 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Scotland St. Mirren  Ukraine, 13 November 2015
MF John McGinn (1994-10-18) 18 October 1994 (age 21) 6 0 Scotland Hibernian  Ukraine, 13 November 2015
MF Charlie Telfer (1995-07-04) 4 July 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Scotland Dundee United  Iceland, 13 October 2015
MF Cameron King (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 20) 1 1 Free agent  Northern Ireland, September 2015
MF Danny Handling (1994-02-06) 6 February 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Scotland Hibernian  Hungary, 26 March 2015
MF Adam King (1995-10-11) 11 October 1995 (age 20) 1 0 England Southend United (on loan from Swansea City)   Switzerland, 18 November 2014
MF Sam Stanton (1994-04-19) 19 April 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Scotland Hibernian  Netherlands, 28 May 2014
MF John Herron (1994-02-01) 1 February 1994 (age 22) 2 0 England Blackpool  Georgia, 14 November 2013
MF Matthew Kennedy (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Wales Cardiff City  Georgia, 14 October 2013

FW Barrie McKay (1994-12-30) 30 December 1994 (age 21) 5 0 Scotland Rangers  Northern Ireland, 29 March 2016
FW Lawrence Shankland (1995-08-10) 10 August 1995 (age 21) 2 2 Scotland St. Mirren (on loan from Aberdeen)  Ukraine, 13 November 2015
FW Declan McManus (1994-08-03) 3 August 1994 (age 22) 4 0 Scotland Raith Rovers (on loan from Fleetwood Town)  Iceland, 13 October 2015
FW Cammy Smith (1995-08-24) 24 August 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Scotland Dundee United (on loan from Aberdeen)  Hungary, 26 March 2015
FW Harry Cardwell (1996-10-28) 28 October 1996 (age 19) 1 0 England Reading   Switzerland, 18 November 2014
FW Mark Beck (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 22) 0 0 England Darlington 1883  Georgia, 14 October 2013
FW Islam Feruz (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 20) 4 2 England Chelsea  England, 13 August 2013
FW Dale Carrick (1994-01-07) 7 January 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Scotland Livingston  Canada, 15 October 2012

Past squads[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Under-23 competition.

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