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Scotland: Adopted XI

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Jordan Rhodes was born in Oldham, England. (©GettyImages)
Jordan Rhodes was born in Oldham, England. (©GettyImages).

For many years, Scotland have used players that actually weren't born within Scottish border.

The players qualified to play for the country through many different reasons. Some have family ties whilst others simply went to school in the country.

Today we take a look at Scotland's best XI, made up entirely of players born outside of the country.

Goalkeeper | Andy Goram  

Goram was born in Bury in 1964 to an Edinburgh-born father. Although he was born and raised in England, he was brought up in a staunch Scottish background. 

He started his career with Oldham in the early 1980's before moving north of the border to join Hibernian - the club his dad played for. He made 138 appearances for the Leith-based club before moving to Glasgow to join Rangers. 

Goram was a fan's favourite at Ibrox and was recently voted Rangers' greatest ever 'keeper. He went on to make 43 appearances for Scotland before retiring and even played Cricket for Scotland as well.

Right-back | Phil Bardsley 

Bardsley qualifies for Scotland through his Scottish-born father. He started his career at his hometown club, Manchester United. He spent 14 years at the club as a youth and senior player, before moving to Sunderland in 2008. 

He only made eight appearances for United, having spent the majority of his Old Trafford career on-loan to various clubs around Europe, notably Royal Antwerp in Belgium and Glasgow Rangers. He has currently represented Scotland 12 times.

Centre-back | Matt Elliott  

No nonsense defender Elliott was born in Wandsworth, London in 1968. Elliott started his career, like a lot of older players, in non-league football, before joining Charlton Athletic in 1988. 

He is most notable for his time spent at Leicester City, where he played over 240 games. He qualified to play for Scotland through his Grandmother and he scored one goal in 18 games.

Centre-back | Richard Gough  

Born in Sweden to a Scottish father, Gough grew up and was schooled in South Africa. He started his career with Charlton Athletic, before moves to Dundee United and Tottenham Hotspurs in the 1980's. 

Gough is remembered for the ten years he spent with Glasgow Rangers, playing over 250 times for the club, scoring 25 times. The transfer fee of £1million rangers paid for Gough meant he was the first Scottish player to be bought for that amount. He represented Scotland 61 times, scoring six goals.

Left-back | Danny Fox  

Although Fox was born in Winsford, he qualifies for Scotland through his grandfather. He spent one season in Scotland playing for Celtic, before moving south to join Burnley. Fox started his career at Everton before moves to Walsall and Coventry. 

He has represented England Under-21's on one occasion, but has now played four times for Scotland. 

Midfield | Kris Commons 

Born in Mansfield, Commons started his career with Stoke City before moving to Nottingham Forest, where he played 138 games. He moved to bitter rivals Derby County after four years at the City Ground. Commons plays for Scotland through his Dundee-born grandmother and made his debut in 2008. He has played for Scotland 12 times, scoring two goals.

Midfield | Shaun Maloney 

Maloney was born in Malaysia in 1983 to an Aberdeen-born mother. He moved to Aberdeen when he was five-years-old. Maloney started his career with Celtic, where he spent seven years before following manager Martin O'Neill to Aston Villa in 2007. 

After a brief spell with the Midlands-based club, he moved back to Celtic in 2008. After playing 55 games in three years, he joined Wigan Athletic in 2011 and was a key player in keeping the club in the Premier League, scoring key goals towards the end of the season. Maloney has played 27 times for Scotland, scoring one goal.

Midfield | Bruce Rioch 

Rioch was born in Aldershot in 1947 to a Scottish father. He has played over 600 league games during a 20-year career, with notable spells at Luton town, Aston Villa and Derby County. 

He has scored 133 goals during his career, which, for a midfielder is a good return. Rioch played 24 times for Scotland, scoring six goals. He went on the manage a host of clubs, including Arsenal, in the 1995-96 season.

Striker | Jordan Rhodes  

Born in Oldham, Rhodes spent a lot of his youth in Scotland while his father played for Dunfermline and St. Johnstone. He qualifies for Scotland through attending school. 

Rhodes played for Huddersfield Town, where he made his name, scoring 73 goals in 124 games and this form caught they eye of several clubs, but it was Blackburn Rovers who signed him in 2012 for a joint club record £8million. 

Between 2011 and 2012, he played for Scotland Under-21s eight times, scoring eight goals and this saw him move to the senior squad, where he has played eight games and scored three goals.

Striker | Steven Fletcher  

Despite playing over 150 games for Hibernian, Fletcher was born in Shrewsbury and qualifies for Scotland through his Scottish mother. His father was born in Liverpool and was a soldier, so Fletcher spent a lot of his youth living in British Army bases in England and Germany. 

He moved to Scotland at the age of 10 with his mother after his father's death. He went on to play for Burnley and Wolves before joining Sunderland for £12million in 2012. He has represented Scotland 12 times scoring one goal.

Striker | Arthur Fitzgerald-Kinnaird  

Born in Kensington, London in 1847, Kinnaird made one appearance for Scotland against England in the second ever international game, played at The Oval. He qualified for Scotland through his Scottish-born parents. 

He has played in every position during his career and was the first player to score and own-goal, carrying the ball over the line when he was a goalkeeper. 

He later went on to be on the board of The FA, becoming President in 1890, where he remained for 33 years until he died, just months before Wembley opened.

Can you think of any more non-Scotland born players that could make it into the team? Let us know and leave a comment.


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