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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Second colours
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 Europe, part of the United Kingdom

Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Sharing a border with England to the southeast, Scotland is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, by the North Sea to the northeast and by the Irish Sea to the south. In addition to the mainland, situated on the northern third of the island of Great Britain, Scotland has over 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 constituent 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

Association football 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 in 1996.

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.

1992 Summer Olympics Games of the XXV Olympiad, held in Barcelona in 1992

The 1992 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event celebrated in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain from July 25 to August 9, 1992.

1996 Summer Olympics Games of the XXVI Olympiad, in Atlanta

The 1996 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad, commonly known as Atlanta 1996, and also referred to as the Centennial Olympic Games, were an international multi-sport event that was held from July 19 to August 4, 1996, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. These Games, which were the fourth Summer Olympics to be hosted by the United States, marked the centenary of the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens—the inaugural edition of the modern Olympic Games. They were also the first since 1924 to be held in a different year from a Winter Olympics, under a new IOC practice implemented in 1994 to hold the Summer and Winter Games in alternating, even-numbered years.

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Results summary

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.

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. [9] Stark resigned from the position in November 2014. [10]

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. association football club

Bolton Wanderers Football Club is a professional football club in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England, which competes in the EFL Championship, the second tier of English football.

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 [11]
1998–2002 Alex Smith [11] [12]
2002–2005 Rainer Bonhof [12] [13]
2005–2006 Maurice Malpas (caretaker) [14]
2006–2007 Archie Knox [15]
2007–2008 Maurice Malpas (caretaker) [16]
2008–2014 Billy Stark [9] [10]
20142015 Ricky Sbragia (caretaker) [10]
2015 Danny Lennon (caretaker) [17]
20152016 Ricky Sbragia [18]
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 Midlothian2013present20
=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. [19] As each tournament normally takes two years to complete, players can continue to play for the under-21 team after their 22nd birthday. [19] 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. [19] 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, [20] [21] [22] similar to the present arrangement in football at the Summer Olympics. [23]

Current squad

The following players were selected for friendlies with Mexico and Sweden in March 2019. [24] [25] [26]

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Ross Doohan (1998-03-29) 29 March 1998 (age 20)30 Flag of Scotland.svg Ayr United (on loan from Celtic)
1 GK Robby McCrorie (1998-03-18) 18 March 1998 (age 20)30 Flag of Scotland.svg Greenock Morton (on loan from Rangers)

2 DF Jamie Brandon (1998-02-05) 5 February 1998 (age 21)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Heart of Midlothian
2 DF Daniel Harvie (1998-07-14) 14 July 1998 (age 20)30 Flag of Scotland.svg Ayr United
2 DF George Johnston (1998-09-01) 1 September 1998 (age 20)00 Flag of England.svg Liverpool
2 DF Sean Mackie (1998-11-04) 4 November 1998 (age 20)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Hibernian
2 DF Barry Maguire (1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 20)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Queen of the South (on loan from Motherwell)
2 DF Ross McCrorie (1998-03-18) 18 March 1998 (age 20)80 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers
2 DF Calvin Miller (1998-01-09) 9 January 1998 (age 21)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Ayr United (on loan from Celtic)
2 DF Patrick Reading (1999-05-29) 29 May 1999 (age 19)00 Flag of England.svg Middlesbrough
3 MF Iain Wilson (1998-12-15) 15 December 1998 (age 20)60 Flag of Scotland.svg Queen of the South (on loan from Kilmarnock)

3 MF Allan Campbell (1998-07-04) 4 July 1998 (age 20)110 Flag of Scotland.svg Motherwell
3 MF Lewis Ferguson (1999-08-24) 24 August 1999 (age 19)20 Flag of Scotland.svg Aberdeen
3 MF Jake Hastie (1999-03-18) 18 March 1999 (age 19)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Motherwell
3 MF Jordan Holsgrove (1999-09-10) 10 September 1999 (age 19)00 Flag of England.svg Reading
3 MF Ben House (1999-07-05) 5 July 1999 (age 19)00 Flag of England.svg Swindon Town (on loan from Reading)
3 MF Michael Johnston (1999-04-19) 19 April 1999 (age 19)61 Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic
3 MF Kyle McAllister (1999-01-21) 21 January 1999 (age 20)00 Flag of Scotland.svg St. Mirren (on loan from Derby County)
3 MF Callumn Morrison (1999-07-05) 5 July 1999 (age 19)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Heart of Midlothian
3 MF David Turnbull (1999-07-10) 10 July 1999 (age 19)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Motherwell

4 FW Fraser Hornby (1999-09-13) 13 September 1999 (age 19)76 Flag of England.svg Everton
4 FW Oli Shaw (1998-03-12) 12 March 1998 (age 21)10 Flag of Scotland.svg Hibernian

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 18)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Dundee United Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra, March 2018
GK Ross Munro (2000-04-01) 1 April 2000 (age 18)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Ross County Flag of England.svg  England, October 2018
GK Robbie Mutch (1998-08-20) 20 August 1998 (age 20)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Deveronvale (on loan from Falkirk)Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia, November 2016

DF Chris Hamilton (2001-06-13) 13 June 2001 (age 17)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Heart of Midlothian 2018 Toulon Tournament
DF Tom McIntyre (1998-11-06) 6 November 1998 (age 20)10 Flag of England.svg Reading Flag of England.svg  England, October 2018
DF Ryan Porteous (1999-03-25) 25 March 1999 (age 19)60 Flag of Scotland.svg Hibernian Flag of England.svg  England, October 2018
DF Anthony Ralston (1998-11-16) 16 November 1998 (age 20)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic 2018 Toulon Tournament

MF Theo Archibald (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 21)10 Flag of England.svg Brentford Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia, November 2017
MF Liam Burt (1999-02-01) 1 February 1999 (age 20)20 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers 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 Billy Gilmour (2001-06-11) 11 June 2001 (age 17)61 Flag of England.svg Chelsea Flag of England.svg  England, October 2018
MF Kyle Magennis (1998-08-26) 26 August 1998 (age 20)10 Flag of Scotland.svg St. Mirren Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands, September 2018
MF Harvey St Clair (1998-10-13) 13 October 1998 (age 20)30 Flag of Italy.svg Venezia 2018 Toulon Tournament
MF Elliot Watt (2000-03-11) 11 March 2000 (age 19)00 Flag of England.svg Wolverhampton Wanderers Flag of England.svg  England, October 2018

FW Connor McLennan (1999-10-05) 5 October 1999 (age 19)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Aberdeen Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico, March 2019
FW Glenn Middleton (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 (age 19)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers Flag of England.svg  England, October 2018
FW Frank Ross (1998-02-18) 18 February 1998 (age 21)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Aberdeen Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands, September 2018

Past squads

Notes

  1. Under-23 competition.

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