Scott McTominay picks Scotland over England

Jose Mourinho has told Scott McTominay to concentrate on his blossoming Manchester United career as England and Scotland battle for his global allegiance.

Although the player himself was born in England and has spent all his life there, his dad, Frank, ...

According to multiple reports, McTominay has decided to choose his father's native land of Scotland over his own home country.

He has warned McTominay to expect a "very different" experience playing for Scotland, who have friendlies against Costa Rica on 23 March and Hungary on 27 March in McLeish's first games back in charge.

England manager Gareth Southgate could not guarantee a senior call-up in the build-up to the World Cup and it is understood the FA respect the player's decision.

"The majority of my family is Scottish", he said.

"I'm surprised at that, but at the same time, if he feels Scottish, I've heard a few little snippets of him saying he'd been brought up and felt Scottish, so that's got the pull for him".

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Scotland certainly have a talented player on their hands as well and would do well to build around him and other young Scottish stars in their bid to qualify for the next World Cup. 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.

The Red Devils starlet, who has impressed in several appearances for the first-team this season, said on Sunday that he has followed his heart to commit his future to the Tartan Army. Not because he's not good enough for England but because he wants to play for Scotland and that's great to see.

"Going forward, it's up to Alex McLeish, I've not spoken to him yet but I'm sure I will do in the near future and see what the plans are". That's what struck me when I met him as a young player. "If he's got that, it'd be very hard for him to play for England".

Fletcher left United in 2015, when McTominay was still emerging, but he has been encouraged by what he has heard from United players and coaches.

Mourinho added: "I think the people around him are the right people".

"It's been a tricky season for us, and I think getting to the end of the season and getting into the top six and then re-evaluating in the summer is my main priority".

  • Regina Holmes