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Tuesday, 9 April, 2002, 16:28 GMT 17:28 UK
Vogts names squad for friendly
Robbie Stockdale (left) has impressed for Middlesbrough
Stockdale (left) has been capped at U-21 level for England
Scotland coach Berti Vogts continued to pin his hopes on youth as he named five new faces in the squad to face Nigeria in Aberdeen on 17 April.

Hibernian's teenage striker Garry O'Connor is given a chance, having scored in each of his last five outings for the Easter Road side.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Stewart and Nottingham Forest defender Gareth Williams both make the step up from the under-21 set-up.

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It is a great opportunity for the players to do better than in the last game against France
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Scotland manager Berti Vogts

Vogts has also broadened his net by calling up two English-born defenders in Preston's Graham Alexander and Middlesbrough's Robbie Stockdale.

Both men qualify through Scottish grandparents and will provide competition for the right-back berth, which has been a problem area for some time.

Rangers' Maurice Ross, another candidate for right-back - along with Aberdeen's Kevin McNaughton, retains his place in the squad after bring brought in late for last month's hammering in Paris.

Leicester City duo Callum Davidson and Paul Dickov return to the Scotland fold, as does Middlesbrough winger Allan Johnston, with all three playing for the first time under Vogts.

Vogts said: "Maybe Nigeria and Cameroon are the best African teams.

"This will let me see more about Scottish football and the players.

Hibernian striker O'Connor has been in good form lately
Garry O'Connor has been called up

"It is a great opportunity for the players to do better than in the last game against France.

"We can win this match. Looking at the squad, there are several young players in there and they have a very good chance to impress against the Nigerians."

Vogts also announced that Scotland's Far East tour has now been confirmed. Scotland will play South Korea in Busan on 16 May, then two matches in the Hong Kong tournament on 20 and 23 May.


Scotland squad:

Robert Douglas (Celtic), Paul Gallacher (Dundee United), Neil Sullivan (Tottenham Hotspur), Gary Caldwell (Newcastle United), Stephen Crainey (Celtic), Christian Dailly (West Ham United), Callum Davidson (Leicester City), Dominic Matteo (Leeds United), Kevin McNaughton (Aberdeen), Maurice Ross (Rangers), David Weir (Everton), Graham Alexander (Preston North End), Robbie Stockdale (Middlesbrough), Gareth Williams (Nottingham Forest), Barry Ferguson (Rangers), Scot Gemmill (Everton), Stephen Hughes (Rangers) Paul Lambert (Celtic), Michael Stewart (Manchester United), Stephen Crawford (Dunfermline Athletic), Paul Dickov (Leicester City), Allan Johnston (Middlesbrough), Neil McCann (Rangers,) Garry O'Connor (Hibernian), Steven Thompson (Dundee United).

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