Levein salutes Wilson as Scotland’s future

Scotland boss Craig Levein praised Liverpool’s Danny Wilson after the defender scored on his debut for his country against the Faroe Islands on Tuesday night.

Wilson, 18, was signed from Glasgow Rangers for £2m in the summer and received his first international call-up despite only featuring once for Liverpool – in the defeat to Northampton.

Wilson enjoyed a dream debut for the Scots, opening the scoring from six yards on 24 minutes and assisting the third in a 3-0 win.

Afterwards, manager Craig Levein lauded Wilson and fellow debutant Barry Bannan, the Aston Villa midfielder, “People don’t understand how difficult it is to make your international debut, no matter who you’re playing against.”

“I felt that young Bannan in particular, after a shaky first five minutes, really settled down and showed glimpses of what the future is for Scottish football. I’ve been banging the drum this week about us having a group of players who are technically pretty good. I include Danny Wilson in that.”

“I have found the one or two I was looking for. This group I’m trying to assemble is good and there have been some fantastic performances in recent games from guys who weren’t here tonight. ‘They are around the same age, so there are signs we’re getting a decent squad together.”

Meanwhile, fellow youngster Martin Kelly was also in action, making his debut for England’s under 21s in a 2-0 defeat to Germany. Kelly has recently impressed despite being played out of position at right back, he played 77 minutes for Stuart Pearce’s side in his more natural centre back role.

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