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Monday, 12 August, 2002, 10:34 GMT 11:34 UK
McInnes gets Scotland call
Derek McInnes has been called up for Scotland
Derek McInnes captained WBA to promotion last season
West Bromich Albion captain Derek McInnes has been drafted into the Scotland squad for the first time as manager Berti Vogts readies his side for the European Championship qualifying programme.

Denmark will visit Hampden for a friendly fixture on Wednesday 21 August and the road to Portugal 2004 starts in the Faroe Islands on 7 September.

Former Morton and Rangers midfielder McInnes has been rewarded for leading his side into the English Premiership and is joined in the 24-man party by Hawthorns team-mate Scott Dobie.

Everton's Gary Naysmith is included in a Vogts squad for the first time, having recovered from injury and the manager will be hoping to field Rangers captain Barry Ferguson, who has also missed out during the German's short reign.

Vogts has tasted victory in only one game of five during his time as Scotland boss - against a Hong Kong Select XI, while he has fallen against France, Nigeria, South Korea and South Africa.


We can't build good teams if we don't practise and play as many matches as we can
Scotland manager Berti Vogts
And the former German international admits a lack of domestic players in the Scottish Premier League is hindering his hopes of progression.

Vogts told the Daily Record: "One of the problems in Scotland is the high number of foreign players, although I am not saying we should do without them.

"There is nothing wrong with having foreign players here but the problem is there are too many who are not world-class.

"Let's bring in foreign players but they should be of a higher quality.

"Young Scottish players have to change too. They have to help themselves and my message to them is simple.

"Every day you must go on to the training pitch and work harder than the time before.

"You must also have a stronger mentality and do everything you can to make it impossible for your club manager to leave you out for the foreign player."

Rangers captain Barry Ferguson
Barry Ferguson has yet to feature under Vogts
Vogts is looking for summit talks with all relevant club managers for mutual help.

Vogts added: "I want to sit down with them all and talk about what we are all trying to do and how we can help one another. But it will require a big effort and a willingness to communicate.

"There will be more times now when players will be asked to come to Scotland get-togethers because I have changed the programme.

"It wasn't good enough and when I discovered the under-21s haven't played a match in the last six months I couldn't believe it.

"We can't build good teams if we don't practise and play as many matches as we can. How can we expect players to go into major qualifying games cold?"

Scotland squad: Robert Douglas (Celtic), Neil Sullivan (Tottenahm Hotspur), Paul Gallacher (Dundee United), Graham Alexander (Preston N.E), Stephen Crainey (Celtic), Christian Dailly (West Ham), Maurice Ross (Rangers), Robbie Stockdale (Middlesbrough), David Weir (Everton), Lee Wilkie (Dundee), Barry Ferguson (Rangers), Scot Gemmill (Everton), Paul Lambert (Celtic), Derek McInnes (West Bromich Albion), Gary Naysmith (Everton), Kevin McNaughton (Aberdeen), Dominic Matteo (Leeds United), Scott Severin (Hearts), Gareth Williams (Nottingham Forest), Scott Dobie (West Bromich Albion), Allan Johnston (Middlesbrough), Kevin Kyle (Sunderland), Neil McCann (Rangers), Steven Thompson (Dundee United)

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BBC Five Live's Roddy Forsyth
"It's obvious where Vogts' main problem lies"
Scotland coach Berti Vogts
"It's a young side but you also need experience"
West Bromich Albion's Derek McInnes
"I thought it'd passed me by so I'm very pleased"
BBC Sport's Ray Buchanan
"McInnes' inclusion is the biggest surprise"
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