List of footballers born in Scotland who have played for other international teams

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A number of association football players born in Scotland have represented other national football teams.

The Brown family, which emigrated from Scotland in 1825, was prominent in the early development of football in Argentina.[1] Several family members represented Argentina, although none were born in Scotland itself.[1] Although the Scotland team did not participate in a FIFA World Cup tournament until 1954,[2] several Scottish born players played for the USA at the 1930 FIFA World Cup.[3] The USA team reached the semi-finals, with Jim Brown scoring in a heavy defeat against Argentina.[2][3] Ed McIlvenny was part of the USA team, managed by William Jeffrey, that beat England 1–0 at the 1950 FIFA World Cup.[2][4][5]

In more recent times, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady have opted to play for the Republic of Ireland instead of Scotland, due to having Irish grandparents.[6] Template:TOC right

List of players

The following players, who were born in Scotland, have played at least one game for a full national football team other than Scotland.

  • Note, for the purposes of international football the football world governing body, FIFA, considers Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland to be distinct and individual countries.[7][8]


Australia (women)



Ireland (1882–1950)


Italy (women)

New Zealand

Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland (women)

United States





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  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named usa 1950
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  8. Robert Wagman. "FIFA needs to tighten nationality loopholes". Soccer Times. Retrieved 13 January 2008. 
  9. "Archie Blue". 
  10. "David Mitchell". 
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  12. "Jimmy Rooney". 
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  17. Asano, Naoko (22 March 2016). "Canada not a 2nd choice for midfielder Arfield". SportsNet. Rogers Media. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  18. "John Connor". 
  19. "Jimmy Douglas". 
  20. "Iain Fraser". 
  21. "Gerry Gray". 
  22. "Iain Hume". 
  23. "John Kerr". 
  24. "Ian MacLean". 
  25. "Jim McDonald". 
  26. "John McGrane". 
  27. "Colin Miller". 
  28. "David Norman". 
  29. "Gordon Wallace". 
  30. "John Bain". Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  31. "William 'WK' Gibson". 
  32. "William Leslie". 
  33. "Bob Milne". 
  34. "Bob Morrison". 
  35. "Jack Ponsonby". 
  36. "John 'Jap' Walker". 
  37. "Johnny Moscardini". 
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  40. "Jock Aird". 
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  43. "Danny Hegan". 
  44. "Blunder ends NI career for McLean". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 April 2006. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  45. McLean, Euan (31 May 2012). "James McPake: I opted for Northern Ireland after waiting three years for Scotland call-up". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  46. Halliday, Stephen (30 November 2012). "Owen Coyle: Irish cap but born and bred in Gorbals". The Scotsman. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  47. "Charlie Gallagher". 
  48. Smith, Aidan (8 November 2014). "Interview: Ray Houghton a Scot despite everything". The Scotsman. Retrieved 16 November 2017. 
  49. "Bernie Slaven". 
  50. Fallon, John (21 June 2012). "Littlejohn looking to stun the Scots". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 

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