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Last Updated: Friday, 28 January, 2005, 10:43 GMT
Weir comes out of Scotland exile
Derek Riordan and Garry O'Connor celebrate with Hibs
Derek Riordan and Garry O'Connor have been in fine form
David Weir has ended his international exile by being named in Walter Smith's first squad as Scotland manager.

The Everton defender has not played for his country since a row with then manager Berti Vogts following a 2-2 draw in the Faroe Islands in 2002.

New boss Smith has also recalled Leeds United goalkeeper Neil Sullivan.

There is a first call-up for Hearts midfielder Paul Hartley and Hibernian striker Derek Riordan for the training squad to gather from 6-9 February.

Riordan's Hibs strike partner, Garry O'Connor, has also been recalled after a time back with the Under-21s in Smith's 25-strong squad, which will train at Manchester United's Old Trafford ground.

There were also recalls for Celtic goalkeeper Robert Douglas, West Ham defender Christian Dailly and Southampton winger Neil McCann, who had all been missing through injury.

Smith decided against organising a friendly before his first World Cup qualifier in charge, against Italy, preferring to gather his squad in Manchester.

"I am hoping to get the right balance in the squad," he said.

"Five of the boys are still eligible for the under-21 team and nine are over 30.

"The older ones will probably wish they were a bit younger - and I do too - but we need that experience to help the younger players come through."

Weir, now 34, retired from international football after he was criticised by Vogts along with Dailly following the European Championship qualifier against the Faroes.

But he was persuaded to return by his former club manager. Sullivan, whose last cap was in February 2003, and Douglas have been recalled to take the pressure off youngsters Craig Gordon, of Hearts, and Celtic's David Marshall.

"I feel they will eventually come to the fore as international goalkeepers, which is why I have kept them in," said Smith.

Hartley has been involved with the Scotland Future squad after his best season yet, which has attracted a bid from Celtic.

Riordan has also never been capped at full international level, but 17 goals this season for Hibs has led to his widely-predicted promotion from the under-21s.

O'Connor last played during Vogts' experimental early stages against South Korea in May 2002.

Scotland squad:

Robert Douglas (Celtic)
Craig Gordon (Hearts)
David Marshall (Celtic)
Neil Sullivan (Leeds)

Russell Anderson (Aberdeen)
Gary Caldwell (Hibernian)
Jackie McNamara (Celtic)
David McNamee (Livingston)
Gary Naysmith (Everton)
Steven Pressley (Hearts)
Andy Webster (Hearts)
David Weir (Everton)

Christian Dailly (West Ham)
Barry Ferguson (Blackburn Rovers)
Darren Fletcher (Manchester United)
Paul Hartley (Hearts)
Neil McCann (Southampton)
Nigel Quashie (Southampton)

Stephen Crawford (Dundee United)
Paul Dickov (Blackburn Rovers)
James McFadden (Everton)
Kenny Miller (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Garry O'Connor (Hibernian)
Derek Riordan (Hibernian)
Steven Thompson (Rangers)

Interview: Scotland boss Walter Smith

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