Edinburgh World Cup 11: Top city internationals

The Edinburgh 11.
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The World Cup kicks off this evening and we’re not in it. But how would a Scotland team made up of city players fare against the global stars of today?

Here, we’ve selected the top stars who made their mark on football’s biggest competition, but have we missed anyone? Who would you pick? Tell us in the comments below.

Manager: Willie Ormond. Part of the great Hibs Famous Five forward line of the 1950s, the gifted winger also went on to manage the Easter Road side as well as city rivals Hearts between 1977 to 1980. Ormond earned himself six caps for his country, representing Scotland in the 1954 World Cup finals in Switzerland playing in the 1-0 defeat to Austria and the 7-0 humiliation by Uruguay. He then managed the Scots in the 1974 World Cup when they became the first team to be eliminated without losing a game.

Goalkeeper: Tommy Younger. Winner of two league titles with Hibs in the early fifties, the goalkeeper captained Scotland at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden where they finished bottom of Group 2 after a 1-1 draw with Yugoslavia was followed by a 3-2 defeat to Paraguay. Younger didn’t feature in the final group fixture, a 2-1 loss to France.

Right-back: Sandy Jardine. Jardine, who passed away in April this year after a battle with cancer, spent six years as both a player and assistant manager at Tynecastle after 17 years of service at Rangers. The defender was part of the national team that came agonisingly close to qualifying from the group stages of the 1974 World Cup in West Germany, finishing joint-top of Group 2 but missing out to Yugoslavia and Brazil who progressed on goal difference at Scotland’s expense. He only made one appearance at the World Cup in Argentina four years later, the infamous 1-1 draw with Iran.

Centre-half: John Blackley. A key figure of the Hibs rearguard throughout the sixties and seventies, Blackley was involved in his only World Cup finals appearance in 1974 in West Germany where he played the full 90 minutes in the 2-0 triumph over Zaire.

Left-back: Arthur Albiston. The Edinburgh-born defender spent 14 seasons with Manchester United making almost 500 appearances for the club. He was part of the squad that travelled to Mexico for the 1986 World Cup, playing in Scotland’s final group encounter – a bad-tempered 0-0 draw with Uruguay.

Central midfield: Graeme Souness. Souness, from Broomhouse, played in three consecutive World Cup finals in Argentina (1978), Spain (1982) and Mexico (1986). He was a stalwart in the heart of the midfield as Archie Gemmell carved his way through the Holland defence in the famous 3-2 win. Souness then featured in all three of the 1982 group matches, most notably captaining and scoring in the 2-2 draw with USSR. He also captained the side in his final match for his country in the 2-1 defeat to West Germany in Mexico ‘86.

Central midfield: Dave Mackay. Mackay spent six years at Hearts between 1953 and 1959 before earning a move to Tottenham Hotspur where he spent nine seasons. He made one appearance at the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden where he was part of the starting XI that lost 2-1 to France.

Forward: Jimmy Murray. Scored more than 60 goals for Hearts between 1954 and 1961. Murray netted Scotland’s first-ever goal at a World Cup finals in the 1-1 draw with Yugoslavia in Sweden in 1958. He also played in the 2-1 defeat to France seven days later before returning home.

Forward: Eddie Turnbull. A member of Hibs’ legendary forward line the Famous Five, the striker went on to manage “Turnbull’s Tornadoes”, one of the club’s most stylish teams. As a player, he featured in all three of Scotland’s group matches at the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden. Amazingly, none of Turnbull’s appearances merited a Scotland “cap” and it wasn’t until 2006 – after an Evening News campaign – that he was eventually awarded one.

Right midfield: Gordon Strachan. The current Scotland boss made it to two World Cup finals. He played in all three group matches in Spain 1982 as Scotland once again failed to get out of their pool, USSR finishing runners-up to Brazil in Group 6. It was Mexico 1986 where the former Aberdeen ace made his greatest impact, putting the Scots ahead against West Germany with a fine goal, pictured, only for the Germans to score twice to win.

Left midfield: John collins. A former Hibs player and manager, Collins played in the 1998 World Cup in France. He equalised from the spot in the tournament’s opening clash in Paris, Scotland going on to lose 2-1 to the Samba stars of Brazil.