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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 19 March, 2003, 15:11 GMT
Webster gets Scots call
Scotland coach Berti Vogts
Vogts will add further players to his squad
Hearts defender Andy Webster is a surprise inclusion in Berti Vogts' Scotland squad to face Iceland and Lithuania in the qualification race for Euro 2004.

The 21-year-old former Abroath stopper has been drafted into the 18-man squad after an impressive showing in the Scotland Future team's 1-1 draw with Turkey last month.

Vogts explained that he would be watching this weekend's club games and that five or six names would be added to the squad before they gathered on Monday evening.

Speaking of his decision to include Webster in the squad, Vogts said: "I had to look at the last couple of games that we lost against Portugal and Republic of Ireland.

"During that time the Future Team had done so well against Germany and Turkey and I think the time is right to include some of these players.

"Steven (Pressley) is very hopeful for Webster in the future and I was looking for players who were playing regularly and he also has a very good partnership with Steven at Hearts."

Steven (Pressley) is very hopeful for (Andy) Webster in the future
Scotland coach Berti Vogts
Dundee's Lee Wilkie is recalled after criticising the German coach for leaving him out of the recent 2-0 defeat by the Republic of Ireland.

As expected, in-form Wolves striker Kenny Miller has forced his way into the reckoning having scored 19 goals for the English First Division side this season

With first choice Steven Thompson suspended for the Iceland game, a place up front is up for grabs.

Don Hutchison has been named in spite of damaging tendons in training with West Ham last week.

Paul Dickov's 20 goals for Leicester have earned him a recall but the striker is due to undergo a groin operation early next week.

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Neil Sullivan drops out and is replaced with Cardiff City's Neil Alexander.

Iceland travel to Hampden Park on 29 March, while the Scots play in Kaunas four days later.

Scotland began their Group Five qualifying campaign with a shambolic 2-2 draw in the Faroe Islands, but regained some pride with a 2-0 win in Iceland in October.

Since then, a friendly win over Canada has been followed by two defeats in warm-up games against Portugal and the Republic of Ireland.

Scotland squad:


Neil Alexander (Cardiff City); Robert Douglas (Celtic); Paul Gallacher (Dundee United).


Gary Caldwell (Newcastle); Christian Dailly (West Ham); Steven Pressley (Hearts); Andy Webster (Hearts) Lee Wilkie (Dundee).


Colin Cameron (Wolves); Scot Gemmill (Everton) Paul Devlin (Birmingham); Barry Ferguson (Rangers) Paul Lambert (Celtic); Gary Naysmith (Everton).


Stephen Crawford (Dunfermline); Paul Dickov (Leicester); Don Hutchison (West Ham); Kenny Miller (Wolves).

Scotland manager Berti Vogts
"We have lots strikers scoring goals"

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