Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

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

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

"Scott McTominay announces retirement from worldwide tournament football", said one tweet.

Sport revealed that McTominay pledged his future to Scotland over the weekend after meeting Alex McLeish at United's training ground.

The 21-year-old Manchester United midfielder ended the speculation over his worldwide allegiance this weekend by revealing he will play in Scottish blue.

"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".

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.

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But McLeish has persuaded the central midfielder to come on board as he begins his reign with friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary this month.

The 21-year-old has made six appearances in the Premier League for the Red Devils so far this season and has been showing maturity beyond his years with his assured displays. Not because he's not good enough for England but because he wants to play for Scotland and that's great to see.

"It would have been easy, financially, to go in the England side and if you're in the Manchester United there's a good chance you'll get called up by England - that's been a route map for a long period, as you see with players like Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard". I'm sure England were desperate for him as well, with the World Cup coming up in the summer. "It sounds like his father has picked it more than him".

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.

"And 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".

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