Former Yeovil Town loanee Stephen Kingsley made his debut for the Scotland national team last night. The Swansea City full-back had been given his first senior call-up late last month for a difficult pair of matches against Italy and Euro 2012 winners France, with both sides preparing for the Euro 2016 tournament. Kingsley was an unused substitute during the match against the Italians, but gained his first senior Scotland cap yesterday in the 64th minute of the match staged at the Stade Saint-Symphorien in Metz.
Unfortunately for Kingsley, he entered the pitch with the match already well and truly lost, with two Arsenal players having done the damage - Oliver Giroud struck twice in the 8th and 35th minute, whilst Laurent Koscielny gave France a 3-0 advantage at half time with another 39th minute goal. That meant that when Kingsley got his 26 minutes worth of international football, the defender was doing it from a point of view of damage limitation - thankfully his time on the field did not see France adding to the scoreline.
Kingsley has been previously called up for Scotland at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 level, with 13 caps across the three age groups. However, following a 12 game loan spell playing for League One side Crewe Alexandra, he has started to show signs of breaking into Swansea City's first team, making five appearances for them during the second half of the 2015-16 campaign, including four matches in the Premier League. that seems to have allowed Scotland manager Gordon Strachan to believe that the 21 year old is capable of playing on a bigger stage.
Final Score: France 3 Scotland 0.
Scotland: David Marshall, Russell Martin, Andrew Robertson, Gordon Greer, Grant Hanley, James McArthur, Darren Fletcher, Shaun Maloney, Steven Fletcher, Robert Snodgrass, Matt Ritchie.
Substitutes: Charlie Mulgrew (46 mins for Andrew Robertson), Ikechi Anya (46 mins for Maloney), Steven Naismith (58 mins for Steven Fletcher), Stephen Kingsley (64 mins for Robert Snodgrass), Barrie McKay (84 mins for McArthur), Scott Fox, Jack Hamilton, Ross McCormack, Matt Philips, Craig Bryson, Oliver Burke, Callum Paterson, John McGinn.
France: Lloris, Evra, Koscielny, Sagna, Rami, Kante, Matuidi, Pogba, Coman, Giroud, Payet.
Substitutes: Griezmann (46 mins for Coman), Martial (46 mins for Payet), Gignac (63 mins for Giroud), Cabaye (69 mins for Matuidi), Digne (83 mins for Evra), Sissoko (88 mins for Kante), Mandanda, Costil, Jallet, Digne, Mangala, Umtiti, Schneiderlin.
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