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 Fraser Hornby (10) [3]
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Second colours
First international
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12 October 1976
Biggest win
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13 October 2020 [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.

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As a European under-21 team, Scotland compete in the UEFA European Under-21 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

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.

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
2021 10532165

*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]

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 match played 2 June 2021 [30]
RankNameYearsClubsAppearancesGoalsGPG Ratio.
1 Christian Dailly 1990–1996 Dundee United 3550.14
2 Steven Pressley 1993–1996 Rangers, Coventry City, Dundee United 2710.04
3 Allan Campbell 2017–2020 Motherwell 2410.04
4 Paul Hanlon 2009–2012 Hibernian 2330.13
5 Craig Easton 1997–2001 Dundee United 2220.09
5 Gary Naysmith 1996–1999 Heart of Midlothian 220
7 Shaun Maloney 2001–2005 Celtic 2150.24
7 Stuart Armstrong 2010–2014 Dundee United 2040.2
7 Jamie McCunnie 2001–2005 Dundee United, Ross County, Dunfermline Athletic 2010.05
7 Jordan McGhee 2001–2005 Heart of Midlothian 200
8 Ross McCrorie 2016–2020 Rangers, Portsmouth, Aberdeen 2010.05

Note:Club(s) represents the clubs the player was with while he played for the Scotland under-21 team. Those players in bold are eligible to play for the team now.

Leading goalscorers

As of match played 2 June 2021 [30]
RankNameYearsClubsAppearancesGoalsGPG Ratio.
1 Fraser Hornby 2018–Present Everton, Kortrijk, Reims 18100.56
2 Jordan Rhodes 2011–2012 Huddersfield Town 881
2 Scott Booth 1990–1993 Aberdeen 1580.53
4 Chris Maguire 2008–2010 Aberdeen 1260.5
4 Jamie Murphy 2008–2010 Motherwell 1360.46
4 Jim Hamilton 1995–1997 Dundee, Heart of Midlothian 1460.43
4 Mark Burchill 1998–2001 Celtic 1560.4
8 Steven Fletcher 2006–2008 Hibernian 750.71
8 Tony Watt 2012–2013 Celtic 950.56
8 Gerry Creaney 1990–1992 Celtic 1250.42
8 Steven Thompson 1997–1999 Dundee United 1250.42
8 Simon Lynch 2002–2003 Celtic 1350.38
8 Steven Naismith 2005–2008 Kilmarnock, Rangers 1650.31
8 Shaun Maloney 2001–2005 Celtic 2150.24
8 Christian Dailly 1990–1996 Dundee United 3550.14

Note:Club(s) represents the clubs the player was with while he played for the Scotland under-21 team. Those players in bold are eligible to play for the team now.

Eligibility

The team is for players born in the year 21 years before the starting year of each tournament. As each tournament normally takes two years to complete, players can continue to play for the under-21 team after their 22nd birthday. 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.[ citation needed ] 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 two friendly matches with Northern Ireland in June 2021. [35] [36]

As of after Scotland v Northern Ireland, 2 June 2021.
No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Cieran Slicker (2002-09-15) 15 September 2002 (age 18)10 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
121 GK Brian Kinnear (2001-01-16) 16 January 2001 (age 20)10 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers
211 GK Archie Mair (2001-02-10) 10 February 2001 (age 20)00 Flag of England.svg Norwich City

32 DF Cameron Harper (2001-11-10) 10 November 2001 (age 19)10 Flag of Scotland.svg Inverness Caledonian Thistle
42 DF Stephen Welsh (2000-01-19) 19 January 2000 (age 21)10 Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic
52 DF Robbie Deas (2000-02-27) 27 February 2000 (age 21)10 Flag of Scotland.svg Inverness Caledonian Thistle
62 DF Lewis Mayo (2000-03-19) 19 March 2000 (age 21)30 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers
202 DF Tom Clayton (2000-12-16) 16 December 2000 (age 20)10 Flag of England.svg Liverpool

23 MF Jack Burroughs (2001-03-21) 21 March 2001 (age 20)10 Flag of England.svg Coventry City
73 MF Scott Banks (2001-09-26) 26 September 2001 (age 19)10 Flag of England.svg Crystal Palace
83 MF Ethan Erhahon (2001-05-09) 9 May 2001 (age 20)10 Flag of Scotland.svg St Mirren
103 MF Stephen Kelly (2000-04-13) 13 April 2000 (age 21)40 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers
143 MF Daniel MacKay (2001-04-19) 19 April 2001 (age 20)10 Flag of Scotland.svg Inverness Caledonian Thistle
163 MF Josh McPake (2001-08-31) 31 August 2001 (age 19)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers
193 MF Ben Williamson (2001-08-07) 7 August 2001 (age 19)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers
223 MF Roddy MacGregor (2001-12-21) 21 December 2001 (age 19)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Inverness Caledonian Thistle
3 MF Lewis Fiorini (2002-05-17) 17 May 2002 (age 19)10 Flag of England.svg Manchester City

94 FW Ewan Urain (2000-03-10) 10 March 2000 (age 21)10 Flag of Spain.svg Athletic Bilbao B
114 FW Glenn Middleton (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 (age 21)164 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers
154 FW Zak Rudden (2000-02-06) 6 February 2000 (age 21)10 Flag of Scotland.svg Partick Thistle
174 FW Logan Chalmers (2000-03-24) 24 March 2000 (age 21)20 Flag of Scotland.svg Dundee United
184 FW Kyle Joseph (2001-09-10) 10 September 2001 (age 19)10 Flag of England.svg Wigan Athletic
234 FW Kieron Bowie (2002-09-21) 21 September 2002 (age 18)10 Flag of England.svg Fulham

Recent call-ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Kieran Wright (2000-04-01) 1 April 2000 (age 21)10 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers v. Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino, October 2020

DF Josh Doig (2002-05-18) 18 May 2002 (age 19)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Hibernian v. Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland, June 2021
DF Nathan Patterson (2001-10-16) 16 October 2001 (age 19)40 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers v. Flag of Greece.svg  Greece, November 2020
DF Harrison Ashby (2001-11-14) 14 November 2001 (age 19)21 Flag of England.svg West Ham United v. Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia, November 2020
DF Aaron Hickey (2002-06-10) 10 June 2002 (age 18)00 Flag of Italy.svg Bologna v. Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia, November 2020

MF Billy Gilmour (2001-06-11) 11 June 2001 (age 19)121 Flag of England.svg Chelsea v. Flag of Greece.svg  Greece, November 2020
MF Kai Kennedy (2002-03-28) 28 March 2002 (age 19)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers v. Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia, November 2020
MF Andy Irving (2000-05-13) 13 May 2000 (age 21)10 Flag of Scotland.svg Heart of Midlothian v. Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino, October 2020
MF Kerr McInroy (2000-08-31) 31 August 2000 (age 20)10 Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic v. Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino, October 2020
MF Dean Campbell (2001-03-19) 19 March 2001 (age 20)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Aberdeen v. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania, September 2020
MF Lewis Smith (2000-03-16) 16 March 2000 (age 21)10 Flag of Scotland.svg Hamilton Academical v. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania, September 2020

FW James Scott (2000-08-30) 30 August 2000 (age 20)20 Flag of England.svg Hull City v. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic, October 2020
FW Liam McCarron (2001-03-07) 7 March 2001 (age 20)00 Flag of England.svg Leeds United v. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania, September 2020

Past squads

Notes

  1. Under-23 competition.

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