International Round Up

29 March 2023

Find out below how the boys in maroon have fared when they pulled on their national team jerseys…

Scotland - Zander Clark and Lawrence Shankland

Zander Clark and Lawrence Shankland were both called into Steve Clarke's Scotland squad for the Hampden double-header against Cyprus and Spain after an excellent season at club level for the boys in maroon. 

Our goalkeeper was an unused sub in both matches, with Shanks coming on as a late substitute for Lyndon Dykes against Spain as Scotland recorded a historic 2-0 win. It was Scotland's first win over La Roja in 39 years, and an electric night at Hampden. 

Also away from Tynecastle this week...


Scotland U21 - Lewis Neilson and Connor Smith

Youngsters Lewis Neilson and Connor Smith were away with the Scotland Under-21s for a Spanish training camp in Murcia.

The Young Scots played two friendlies against Sweden and Wales at the Pinatar Arena. Connor Smith, on loan at Hamilton Accies, was a second-half substitute in a 3-2 defeat to Sweden in the first match, with Lewis Neilson on the bench as an unused sub.

Connor got another 45 minutes under his belt in the next game against Wales, with a youthful U21s going down 3-0 to the Welsh. 

Scotland U17 - Rocco Friel and Bobby McLuckie

Scotland Under-17s are heading to Hungary for the Euros! Thanks in no small part to two Hearts players..

Academy pair Rocco Friel and Bobby McLuckie were away with the Scotland Under-17s for Elite Round qualifiers for the tournament in Wales. They were paired in Group B with hosts Wales, Iceland and Montenegro.

Bobby McLuckie scored twice in the first game against Wales, a 4-2 defeat, before scoring the winner eight minutes from time in the next game against Montenegro in a 2-1 win.

A goalless draw with Iceland in the final match was enough for the U17s to qualify from the group in second place. They now look forward to the finals in Hungary that kick-off on May 17.

Australia - Devlin, Rowles, Atkinson, Kuol

Our Aussie quartet were all called into Graham Arnold's Socceroos side for a double-header of friendlies against Ecuador in Sydney and Melbourne - their first matches since the World Cup in Qatar. 

Australia won 3-1 in the first friendly. It proved to be a night to remember for Garang Kuol - coming off the bench to notch the third of the evening and secure his first goal for the Socceroos. Kye Rowles played the full 90 minutes in defence whilst Nate Atkinson made the bench.

Cammy Devlin was handed his first start for the national team in the second game and displayed his usual passion and endeavour. The Aussies rounded off the homecoming series with a 2-1 defeat to Ecuador, with Kye Rowles coming on as a second half sub.