Scotland national under-21 football team

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Scotland under-21
Association Scottish Football Association
Head coach Scot Gemmill [1]
Most caps Christian Dailly (35) [2]
Top scorer Scott Booth (8) [2]
Jordan Rhodes (8) [2]
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First international
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12 October 1976
Biggest win
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6 September 1995 [3]
Biggest defeat
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13 August 2013
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances6 (first in 1980 )
Best resultSemi-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.

Scottish Football Association governing body of association football in Scotland

The Scottish Football Association is the governing body of football in Scotland and has the ultimate responsibility for the control and development of football in Scotland. Members of the SFA include clubs in Scotland, affiliated national associations as well as local associations. It was formed in 1873, making it the second oldest national football association in the world. It is not to be confused with the Scottish Football Union, which is the name that the SRU was known by until the 1920s.

Scotland Country in Northwest Europe, part of the United Kingdom

Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain, with a border with England to the southeast, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, the North Sea to the northeast, the Irish Sea to the south, and more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.

Scotland national football team Mens association football team representing Scotland

The Scotland national football team represents Scotland in international football and is controlled by the Scottish Football Association. It competes in the three major professional tournaments, the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Nations League and the UEFA European Championship. Scotland, as a country of the United Kingdom, is not a member of the International Olympic Committee and therefore the national team does not compete in the Olympic Games. The majority of Scotland's home matches are played at the national stadium, Hampden Park.

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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.

Football at the Summer Olympics football competition

Football at the Summer Olympics, commonly known as football or soccer, has been included in every Summer Olympic Games as a men's competition sport, except 1896 and 1932. Women's football was added to the official program at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

History

Scotland played under-23 international matches, mainly friendlies against England and Wales, from 1955 until 1975. [4] 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. [5]

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. [6] 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 [7] and Iceland [8] respectively.

The football competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics was the first Under-23 competition. The competition features 16 men's national teams from the six continental confederations. The 16 teams are drawn into four groups of four and each group plays a round-robin tournament. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams advanced to the knockout stage, beginning with the quarter-finals and culminating with the gold medal match at Camp Nou on 8 August 1992.

The 1996 Men's Olympic Football Tournament, played as part of the 1996 Summer Olympics, was hosted in Birmingham, Alabama, Washington, D.C., Orlando, Florida, Miami, Florida and Athens, Georgia. From 1992 onwards, male competitors should be under 23 years old, with three over-23 players allowed per squad. The tournament featured 16 national teams from the six continental confederations. The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four and each group played a round-robin tournament. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams advanced to the knockout stage, beginning with the quarter-finals and culminating with the gold medal match at Sanford Stadium on August 3, 1996.

International Olympic Committee Non-governmental ruling body of the Olympic Movement

The International Olympic Committee is a non-governmental sports organisation based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Created by Pierre de Coubertin and Demetrios Vikelas in 1894, it is the authority responsible for organising the modern Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

European Championships

YearResultGPWD*LGSGA
1976 Quarter Final [lower-alpha 1] 6501134
1978 Did not qualify421154
1980 Quarter Final7331147
1982 Semi Final833296
1984 Quarter Final85211410
1986 Did not qualify411214
1988 Quarter Final631274
1990 Did not qualify6114713
1992 Semi Final106221810
1994 Did not qualify8224811
1996 Fourth place128042110
1998 Did not qualify102171020
2000 104241812
2002 622266
2004 8512118
2006 10136617
2007 200214
2009 8512176
2011 105231811
2013 8341169
2015 83231215
2017 10226817
2019 104241313

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

Other tournaments

YearCompetitionResultGPWD*LGSGARef
Flag of France.svg 1977 Toulon Tournament Sixth Place411267 [9]
Flag of France.svg 1991Toulon TournamentThird Place321053 [10]
Flag of France.svg 1992Toulon TournamentEighth Place300307 [11]
Flag of France.svg 1993Toulon TournamentThird Place420232 [12]
Flag of France.svg 1994Toulon TournamentSixth Place311133 [13]
Flag of France.svg 1995Toulon TournamentFourth Place420247 [14]
Flag of France.svg 1997Toulon TournamentNinth Place403124 [15]
Ulster Banner.svg 2000Three Nations TournamentWinners211021 [16] [17]
Flag of France.svg 2017 Toulon TournamentThird Place530287 [18]
Flag of France.svg 2018 Toulon TournamentFourth Place522155 [19]

Head coaches

Billy Stark, head coach of the team from 2008 to 2014. Bill Stark - Schottland U-21 (1).jpg
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. [20] Stark resigned from the position in November 2014. [21]

Archibald Knox is a Scottish football player and coach. He was most recently the assistant manager of Aberdeen until leaving the club in March 2013.

Bolton Wanderers F.C. Football club in England

Bolton Wanderers Football Club is a professional football club in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England, which competes in EFL League One, the third tier of English football. Formed as Christ Church Football Club in 1874, it adopted its current name in 1877 and was a founder member of the Football League in 1888. Bolton have spent more seasons than any other club in the top flight without winning the title. They finished third in the First Division in 1891–92, 1920–21 and 1924–25. Bolton won the FA Cup three times in the 1920s, and again in 1958. The club spent a season in the Fourth Division in 1987-88 before regaining top-flight status in 1995 and qualifying for the UEFA Cup twice, reaching the last 32 in 2005–06 and the last 16 in 2007–08.

Maurice Daniel Robert Malpas is a Scottish football player and coach. He signed for Dundee United in 1979 and spent his entire professional playing career with the club until his retirement in 2000. With him United were Scottish champions in 1983 and Scottish Cup winners in 1994. European runs there included reaching the 1983-84 European Cup semi final and the 1987 UEFA Cup Final.

TenureHead Coach/Manager
1975–1982 Andy Roxburgh
1982–1986 Walter Smith
1986–1993 Craig Brown
1993–1998 Tommy Craig [22]
1998–2002 Alex Smith [22] [23]
2002–2005 Rainer Bonhof [23] [24]
2005–2006 Maurice Malpas (caretaker) [25]
2006–2007 Archie Knox [26]
2007–2008 Maurice Malpas (caretaker) [27]
2008–2014 Billy Stark [20] [21]
20142015 Ricky Sbragia (caretaker) [21]
2015 Danny Lennon (caretaker) [28]
20152016 Ricky Sbragia [29]
2016present Scot Gemmill [1]

Players

Leading appearances

As of 13 September 2018 [2]
RankPlayerClub(s)PeriodU-21 Caps
1 Christian Dailly Dundee United 1990199635
2 Steven Pressley Rangers, Coventry City, Dundee United1993199627
3 Paul Hanlon Hibernian 2009201223
=4 Craig Easton Dundee United1997200122
=4 Gary Naysmith Heart of Midlothian 1996199922
6 Shaun Maloney Celtic 2001200521
=7 Stuart Armstrong Dundee United2010201420
=7 Jamie McCunnie Dundee United, Ross County, Dunfermline Athletic 2001200520
=7 Jordan McGhee Heart of Midlothian2013201720
=10 Stevie Crawford Raith Rovers 1994199619
=10 Ryan Jack Aberdeen 2011201419
=10 Mark Wilson Dundee United, Celtic2004200619

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

As of 13 September 2018 [2]
RankPlayerClub(s)PeriodU-21 Goals
=1 Scott Booth Aberdeen 199019938
=1 Jordan Rhodes Huddersfield Town 201120128
=3 Jamie Murphy Motherwell 200820106
=3 Chris Maguire Aberdeen200820106
=3 Jim Hamilton Dundee, Heart of Midlothian 199519976
=3 Mark Burchill Celtic 199820016
=3 Fraser Hornby Everton 20186
=8 Gerry Creaney Celtic199019925
=8 Christian Dailly Dundee United 199019965
=8 Steven Fletcher Hibernian 200620085
=8 Simon Lynch Celtic200220035
=8 Shaun Maloney Celtic200120055
=8 Steven Naismith Kilmarnock, Rangers 200520085
=8 Steven Thompson Dundee United199719995
=8 Tony Watt Celtic201220135

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

The team is for players born in the year 21 years before the starting year of each tournament. [30] As each tournament normally takes two years to complete, players can continue to play for the under-21 team after their 22nd birthday. [30] 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. [30] It is now also possible to play for one country at youth level and another country at senior level (providing the player is eligible). [5] For instance, Nigel Quashie played for England under-21s and Scotland. [5] Until the late 1980s, teams were allowed to select some over-age players in the under-21 team, [31] [32] [33] similar to the present arrangement in football at the Summer Olympics. [34]

Current squad

The following players were selected for Euro 2023 qualification matches with San Marino and Croatia in September 2019. [35] [36]

As of 14:33, 26 March 2019 (UTC)
No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Ross Doohan (1998-03-29) 29 March 1998 (age 21)50 Flag of Scotland.svg Ayr United (on loan from Celtic)
1 GK Robby McCrorie (1998-03-18) 18 March 1998 (age 21)50 Flag of Scotland.svg Queen of the South (on loan from Rangers)
1 GK Kieran Wright00 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers

2 DF Daniel Harvie (1998-07-14) 14 July 1998 (age 21)50 Flag of Scotland.svg Ayr United
2 DF George Johnston (1998-09-01) 1 September 1998 (age 21)20 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Feyenoord
2 DF Ross McCrorie (1998-03-18) 18 March 1998 (age 21)120 Flag of England.svg Portsmouth (on loan from Rangers)
2 DF Tom McIntyre (1998-11-06) 6 November 1998 (age 20)10 Flag of England.svg Reading
2 DF Ryan Porteous (1999-03-25) 25 March 1999 (age 20)80 Flag of Scotland.svg Hibernian
2 DF Patrick Reading (1999-05-29) 29 May 1999 (age 20)10 Flag of England.svg Middlesbrough

3 MF Allan Campbell (1998-07-04) 4 July 1998 (age 21)150 Flag of Scotland.svg Motherwell
3 MF Lewis Ferguson (1999-08-24) 24 August 1999 (age 20)30 Flag of Scotland.svg Aberdeen
3 MF Billy Gilmour (2001-06-11) 11 June 2001 (age 18)81 Flag of England.svg Chelsea
3 MF Jordan Holsgrove (1999-09-10) 10 September 1999 (age 19)20 Flag of England.svg Reading
3 MF Stephen Kelly (2000-04-13) 13 April 2000 (age 19)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Ayr United (on loan from Rangers)
3 MF Kyle Magennis (1998-08-26) 26 August 1998 (age 21)10 Flag of Scotland.svg St Mirren
3 MF Kyle McAllister (1999-01-21) 21 January 1999 (age 20)10 Flag of Scotland.svg St Mirren
3 MF Lewis Smith (2000-03-16) 16 March 2000 (age 19)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Hamilton Academical

4 FW Fraser Hornby (1999-09-13) 13 September 1999 (age 19)96 Flag of England.svg Everton
4 FW Michael Johnston (1999-04-19) 19 April 1999 (age 20)81 Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic
4 FW Connor McLennan (1999-10-05) 5 October 1999 (age 19)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Aberdeen
4 FW Glenn Middleton (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 (age 19)60 Flag of Scotland.svg Hibernian (on loan from Rangers)
4 FW James Scott (2000-08-30) 30 August 2000 (age 19)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Motherwell

Recent call-ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Josh Donaldson (2000-05-05) 5 May 2000 (age 19)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Dundee United Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra, March 2018
GK Ross Munro (2000-04-01) 1 April 2000 (age 19)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Raith Rovers (on loan from Ross County)Flag of England.svg  England, October 2018
GK Robbie Mutch (1998-08-20) 20 August 1998 (age 21)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Falkirk Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia, November 2016

DF Jamie Brandon (1998-02-05) 5 February 1998 (age 21)20 Flag of Scotland.svg Heart of Midlothian Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden, March 2019
DF Chris Hamilton (2001-06-13) 13 June 2001 (age 18)30 Flag of Scotland.svg Cowdenbeath (on loan from Heart of Midlothian) 2018 Toulon Tournament
DF Sean Mackie (1998-11-04) 4 November 1998 (age 20)10 Flag of Scotland.svg Hibernian Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden, March 2019
DF Barry Maguire (1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 21)21 Flag of Scotland.svg Motherwell Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden, March 2019
DF Calvin Miller (1998-01-09) 9 January 1998 (age 21)10 Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden, March 2019
DF Anthony Ralston (1998-11-16) 16 November 1998 (age 20)50 Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic 2018 Toulon Tournament
MF Iain Wilson (1998-12-15) 15 December 1998 (age 20)70 Flag of Scotland.svg Kilmarnock Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden, March 2019

MF Theo Archibald (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 21)10 Flag of England.svg Macclesfield Town Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia, November 2017
MF Liam Burt (1999-02-01) 1 February 1999 (age 20)50 Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic 2018 Toulon Tournament
MF Adam Frizzell (1998-01-22) 22 January 1998 (age 21)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Kilmarnock Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands, September 2017
MF Jake Hastie (1999-03-18) 18 March 1999 (age 20)20 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden, March 2019
MF Ben House (1999-07-05) 5 July 1999 (age 20)20 Flag of England.svg Reading Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden, March 2019
MF Callumn Morrison (1999-07-05) 5 July 1999 (age 20)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Heart of Midlothian Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden, March 2019
MF Harvey St Clair (1998-10-13) 13 October 1998 (age 20)30 Flag of Italy.svg Venezia 2018 Toulon Tournament
MF David Turnbull (1999-07-10) 10 July 1999 (age 20)20 Flag of Scotland.svg Motherwell Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden, March 2019
MF Elliot Watt (2000-03-11) 11 March 2000 (age 19)30 Flag of England.svg Wolverhampton Wanderers Flag of England.svg  England, October 2018

FW Frank Ross (1998-02-18) 18 February 1998 (age 21)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Ayr United (on loan from Aberdeen)Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands, September 2018
FW Oli Shaw (1998-03-12) 12 March 1998 (age 21)30 Flag of Scotland.svg Hibernian Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden, March 2019

Past squads

Notes

  1. Under-23 competition.

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