Scott McTominay 'chooses Scotland over England' after talks with both countries

05 March, 2018, 01:08 | Author: Lora Ball
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Scott McTominay's recent performances in midfield for Manchester United have attracted the attention of both the English and Scottish national teams.

Gareth Southgate reportedly met with McTominay in an attempt to persuade him to pledge his allegiance to England, but it seems to have failed.

Speaking in September 2016, McTominay admitted he felt more Scottish than English.

Having not qualified for a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup, there is a desperation among Scotland fans for things to improve as soon as possible. That's a tough question! "It's a bit of both - I want them both to do well".

Former Scotland worldwide James McFadden believes the news is like making a major signing.

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Despite having made only a handful of first-team appearances for Manchester United, the global preference of Scott McTominay had become a topic of great interest in recent weeks.

The 21-year-old was born in England but qualifies for Scotland through his father and has yet to represent either country at any level.

McFadden, who has held talks over joining McLeish's coaching team, told BBC Radio Scotland: "His stature, how he goes about his game, he reminds me of Darren Fletcher, and if we can get someone who has been as good for Scotland as Darren Fletcher it's a great acquisition". And according to Jonathan Northcroft of the Times, he has opted to play for Scotland. That's what struck me when I met him as a young player.

United boss Jose Mourinho had encouraged McTominay to follow his heart.

The United manager added: "The kid is very "feet on the ground", he's very calm, so I think he passed some important tests not by the football point of view but the mental point of view - maturity, calm play against champions, play knockout in the Champions League, two tests by the mental approach. He has the right people around him".

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