Scotland Under-21s: Five Hearts players in squad for Euro qualifiers

Hearts duo Sam Nicholson (left) and Jordan McGhee trains with Scotland's Under-21 side
Sam Nicholson (left) and Jordan McGhee are two of the Hearts contingent

Five Hearts players have been included in the Scotland Under-21 squad for qualifiers against France and Northern Ireland later this month.

Defenders Jordan McGhee and John Souttar, goalkeeper Jack Hamilton and forwards Sam Nicholson and Billy King - on loan to Rangers - all feature.

Donald Love, who made his first-team debut for Manchester United last month, is also included.

Scotland play France away on 24 March, hosting Northern Ireland on 29 March.

Scotland are currently fourth out of sixexternal-link in Group Three after a win and two draws from their opening four games, five points behind France in second.

Northern Ireland have yet to win any of their five games, losing four.

Scotland Under-21 squad:

Goalkeepers: Ryan Fulton (Liverpool, on loan to Portsmouth), Jack Hamilton (Hearts), Jonathan Henly (Ipswich)

Defenders: Stuart Findlay (Celtic, on loan to Kilmarnock), Marcus Fraser (Ross County), Stephen Hendrie (West Ham United), Dominic Hyam (Reading, on loan to Dagenham & Redbridge), Stephen Kingsley (Swansea City)*, Donald Love (Manchester United), Callum McFadzean (Sheffield United), Jordan McGhee (Hearts), John Souttar (Hearts).

Midfielders: Ryan Christie (Celtic), Ryan Gauld (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Liam Henderson (Celtic, on loan to Hibernian), Liam Polworth (Inverness Caledonian Thistle), Craig Slater (Kilmarnock), Craig Storie (Aberdeen).

Forwards: Jason Cummings (Hibernian), Billy King (Hearts, on loan to Rangers), Oliver McBurnie (Swansea, on loan to Bristol Rovers), Barrie McKay (Rangers), Sam Nicholson (Hearts).

*Added to the squad on Monday 14 March to replace Callum McFadzean (Sheffield United) who has withdrawn through injury.

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