Scotland national under-21 football team
|Association||Scottish Football Association|
|Head coach||Billy Stark|
|Most caps||Christian Dailly (35)1|
|Top scorer||Scott Booth (8)1
Jordan Rhodes (8)1
| Czechoslovakia 0 – 0 Scotland
12 October 1976
| Scotland 5 – 0 Finland
6 September 19952
| England 6 – 0 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.
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 Croatia6 and Iceland7 respectively.
|1976||Quarter Finalnote 1||6||5||0||1||13||4|
|1978||Did not qualify||4||2||1||1||5||4|
|1986||Did not qualify||4||1||1||2||1||4|
|1990||Did not qualify||6||1||1||4||7||13|
|1994||Did not qualify||8||2||2||4||8||11|
|1998||Did not qualify||10||2||1||7||10||20|
*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).
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
|2007||Maurice Malpas (caretaker)10|
|1||Christian Dailly||Dundee United||1990–1996||35|
|2||Steven Pressley||Rangers, Coventry City, Dundee United||1993–1996||27|
|=4||Craig Easton||Dundee United||1997–2001||22|
|=4||Gary Naysmith||Heart of Midlothian||1996–1999||22|
|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.
|=1||Jordan Rhodes||Huddersfield Town||2011–2012||8|
|=3||Jim Hamilton||Dundee, Heart of Midlothian||1995–1997||6|
|=7||Steven Naismith||Kilmarnock, Rangers||2005–2008||5|
|=7||Steven Thompson||Dundee United||1997–1999||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.
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,121314 similar to the present arrangement in football at the Summer Olympics.15
The following players were selected to play Hungary in March 2014.
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|
|Jack Hamilton||13 March 1994||Heart of Midlothian||0 (0)||Netherlands, 5 September 2013|
|Robbie Thomson||7 March 1993||Rochdale||0 (0)||Luxembourg, 25 March 2013|
|Ryan Jack||27 February 1992||Aberdeen||17 (1)||Georgia, 14 November 2013|
|Fraser Kerr||17 January 1993||Motherwell||3 (0)||Georgia, 14 November 2013|
|Kevin McHattie||15 July 1993||Heart of Midlothian||5 (0)||Georgia, 14 November 2013|
|Andrew Robertson||11 March 1994||Dundee United||9 (0)||Georgia, 14 October 2013|
|Clark Robertson||5 September 1993||Aberdeen||9 (0)||Georgia, 14 October 2013|
|Kieran Duffie||4 March 1992||Falkirk||6 (0)||England, 13 August 2013|
|Brad McKay||26 March 1993||Heart of Midlothian||1 (0)||England, 13 August 2013|
|Lewis Toshney||26 April 1992||Celtic||5 (1)||Luxembourg, 25 March 2013|
|Murray Wallace||10 January 1993||Huddersfield Town||4 (0)||Luxembourg, 25 March 2013|
|Stephen O'Donnell||11 May 1992||Partick Thistle||1 (0)||Greece, 6 February 2013|
|Stuart Bannigan||17 September 1992||Partick Thistle||3 (0)||Georgia, 14 November 2013|
|John Herron||1 February 1994||Celtic||1 (0)||Georgia, 14 November 2013|
|Lewis Macleod||16 June 1994||Rangers||6 (1)||Georgia, 14 November 2013|
|Dylan McGeouch||15 January 1993||Coventry City||10 (0)||Georgia, 14 November 2013|
|Fraser Fyvie||27 March 1993||Shrewsbury Town||8 (0)||Georgia, 14 October 2013|
|Jason Holt||19 February 1993||Heart of Midlothian||7 (0)||Georgia, 14 October 2013|
|Matthew Kennedy||1 November 1994||Tranmere Rovers||1 (0)||Georgia, 14 October 2013|
|Jamie Walker||25 June 1993||Heart of Midlothian||1 (1)||Netherlands, 5 September 2013|
|Rhys McCabe||24 July 1992||Sheffield Wednesday||3 (0)||Luxembourg, 25 March 2013|
|Stefan Scougall||7 December 1992||Sheffield United||1 (0)||Greece, 6 February 2013|
|Barrie McKay||30 December 1994||Greenock Morton||1 (0)||Portugal, 14 November 2012|
|Joe Bryan||17 September 1993||Bristol City||0 (0)||Canada, 15 October 2012|
|Cameron Park||6 July 1992||Middlesbrough||1 (0)||Canada, 15 October 2012|
|Mark Beck||2 February 1994||Falkirk||0 (0)||Georgia, 14 October 2013|
|Tony Watt||29 December 1993||Lierse||9 (5)||Netherlands, 5 September 2013|
|Islam Feruz||10 September 1995||Chelsea||4 (2)||England, 13 August 2013|
|David Smith||1 March 1993||Heart of Midlothian||4 (0)||England, 13 August 2013|
|Rory McKenzie||7 October 1993||Kilmarnock||1 (0)||Luxembourg, 25 March 2013|
|Dale Carrick||7 January 1994||Heart of Midlothian||1 (0)||Canada, 15 October 2012|
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- SFA (under 21s)
- Uefa Under-21 website Contains full results archive
- Complete U21 results at FitbaStats