Vogts goes for youth
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle United defender Gary Caldwell, Aberdeen's Kevin McNaughton and Rangers starlet Stephen Hughes have all received their first call-ups to the senior side at the tender ages of 19.
Caldwell is currently on loan at Hibernian and has impressed during his spell at Easter Road.
McNaughton has been a regular fixture in the Under-21s and had been widely tipped to make the step up to the senior side after an impressive season with The Dons.
Hughes has made a number of appearances for Rangers this season due to their injury problems and the 19-year-old has shown his quality on several of occasions.
Celtic defender Stephen Crainey is included in the squad after impressing Vogts in the recent Old Firm draw, while Dundee United goalkeeper Paul Gallacher and Hearts midfielder, Scott Severin are surprise inclusions.
Gallacher's Tannadice team-mate Steven Thompson and Wolves' Kenny Miller also get the chance up front to impress Vogts.
As expected, Vogts has failed in his bid to make Everton's Duncan Ferguson end his international exile, but Celtic star Paul Lambert is back from retirement and he will captain the side in Paris on March 27.
Rangers captain Barry Ferguson is included despite suffering from a rib problem.
Vogts admitted that he talked with Duncan Ferguson about coming out of retirement, but that the Everton ace told him he could not come back after the way he felt he had been mistreated in the past.
"I saw Everton's game against Fulham on Saturday and after the game I had a small talk with big Duncan Ferguson about whether he was prepared to play for Scotland," said Vogts.
"But he is disappointed about the past and said that he cannot forget anything.
"I respect Duncan, but I don't know why he can't forget. He is young enough to learn more things and he must forget.
"But I wished him all the best and he told me that he wished me all the best and hoped that Scotland would qualify for the next European Championships.
"But now I have to look at other young players who can play for Scotland in the future."
Robert Douglas (Celtic) Paul Gallacher (Dundee United) Neil Sullivan (Tottenham Hotspur) Gary Caldwell (Newcastle United) Stephen Crainey (Celtic) Christian Dailly (West Ham United) Dominic Matteo (Leeds United) Kevin McNaughton (Aberdeen) Steven Pressley (Heart of Midlothian) David Weir (Everton) Colin Cameron (Wolverhampton W.) Barry Ferguson (Rangers) Scot Gemmill (Everton) Stephen Hughes (Rangers) Paul Lambert (Celtic) Jackie McNamara (Celtic) Scott Severin (Hearts) Stephen Crawford (Dunfermline Athletic) Dougie Freedman (Crystal Palace) Neil McCann (Rangers) Kenny Miller (Wolverhampton W) Steven Thompson (Dundee United) Meanwhile, Scotland have also announced that they will play England's World Cup opponents Nigeria in a friendly at Pittodrie April 17.