Man United's Scott McTominay Explains Why He Rejected England


McTominay has made 15 appearances for Jose Mourinho's team since his emergence this season and is line to play in the Premiership encounter against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this evening.

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has admitted that he is baffled by Scott McTominay's decision to choose Scotland over England. "He must have decided he wants all his summers off".

What a dig at both Scotland and McTominay.

"He's obviously showed his ambition, hasn't he?"

"He realises the weight of playing for England and working every summer - he doesn't want that".

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And, according to The Times, the Man United youngster has come to a decision.

'It would have been easy to go financially to the England side and, if you are in the Manchester United team, then there's a good chance you get called up by England. That has been a route map for a long period if you look at [Jesse] Lingard and [Marcus] Rashford etc.

While the choice will represent a practical one given the number of competitors McTominay would have been faced with had he opted for England, given the recent performances of young Scots like Kieran Tierney at Celtic, Andrew Robertson at Liverpool, Ryan Fraser at Bournemouth and Jason Cummings at Rangers, there certainly is potential for improvement.

And Jonathan Norcroft of the Times reports McLeish has persuaded the Lancaster-born midfielder - who qualifies for Scotland through Glasgow-born dad - to switch his allegiance to the Tartan Army after England were also keen to make him their own and is expected to be selected for this month's friendlies with Costa Rica and Hungary.

Fletcher who played in Scotland's final two World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Slovenia last October, is waiting to discover whether he will remain part of new Scotland boss McLeish's plans.