Levein will give youth a chance against Faroes

By Christopher Hall

Scotland Manager Craig Levein has elected to hand three new players their first call-up in an international friendly against the Faroe Islands next Tuesday.

With an average squad age of 25, youth appears to have taken precedence and no players over 30 year old will appear in the tie at Aberdeen’s Pittodrie stadium.

Dundee United’s David Goodwillie (21), Liverpool’s Danny Wilson (18) and Aston Villa’s Barry Bannan (20) will all be hoping to receive their first full Scotland caps at the friendly match in Aberdeen.

In-form Kilmarnock Goalkeeper Cammy Bell and Blackpool’s Matthew Gilks also return to the squad, the latter helping the Bloomfield road side to a respectable 14th place in the English Premiership.

The National team bosses new caps will be supported by several other established members of squad, such as Gary Caldwell, Steven Naismith and Darren Fletcher who all retain their places, off the back of the recent Euro 2012 qualifying loss to Spain at Hampden Park.

Dundee United's David Goodwillie will be hoping to strike down the Faroes on Tuesday

Levein is certain, however, that the players chosen are not simply for experimental purposes, but can also bring something positive to the squad.

He said: “I think anybody who’s on this list here is somebody who I feel can add something to the Scotland National Team. With some of the guys the might not be that eminent, other than for this match. I want to have a look at and probably get to know some of the guys as well”

He also hoped the younger players would be able to make an impact on and off the field, adding: “We’ve got some younger ones in who have been doing particularly well and I’d be interested in seeing how they do not just in the match but in training as well”

Dave Macdonald of Scottish football forum Pie and Bovril also feels that the new call ups will bring positives to the team and also give the Aberdonian public a good result on Tuesday evening.

“I think it’s a sensible move by Levein to give some of the promising youngsters a chance on the international stage. David Goodwillie has been in brilliant form lately and is full deserving of the call up whilst it will do no harm at all for the likes of Danny Wilson and Matt Gilks to get a taste of international football. I’m looking forward to seeing what the youngsters can do and hope we can win by a few goals to give the Aberdeen public some long overdue cheer”

The Faroe Islands include three British based players in their squad for the friendly. Joan Simun Edmundsson of Newcastle United and Goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen of Manchester City are incuded, whilst Ross County fans will be familiar with defender Atli Gregersen. The defender has made one appearance for the Dingwall side since joining in the summer from Vikingur Gota.


Goalkeepers: Bell (Kilmarnock), Gilks (Blackpool), Gordon (Sunderland).

Defenders: Bardsley (Sunderland), Berra (Wolves), Caldwell (Wigan), Hutton (Tottenham), Whittaker (Rangers), Wilson (Liverpool)

Midfielders: Adam (Blackpool), Bannan (Aston Villa), Burke (Cardiff), Commons (Derby), Dorrans (West Brom), Fletcher (Manchester United), Morrison (West Brom)

Forwards: Goodwillie (Dundee United), Kyle (Hearts), Mackie (Queens Park Rangers), Naismith (Rangers).

Faroe Islands:

Goalkeepers: Nielson (Tranmere), Thomsen (HB)

Defenders: Baldvinsson (Algard), Davidsen (NSI), Frederiksberg (NSI), Gregersen (Ross County), Jacobsen (Vikingur), Naes (B36), Rubeksen (HB)

Midfielders: Elttor (B36), Hansen (HB), Lokin (NSI), Petersen (NSI), Poulsen (HB), Udsen (EB/ST)

Forwards: Edmundsson (Manchester City), Holst (Silkeborg), Mouritsen (B36).