Charlie Nicholas surprised by Scott McTominay's decision to choose Scotland

Randal Sanchez
March 6, 2018

United manager Mourinho spoke to the press last week to warn England that they risked missing out on the Lancaster-born youngster and urged new Scotland coach Alex McLeish to hand McTominay a call-up.

Scott McTominay has been accused of electing to represent Scotland instead of England because he "wants his summers off".

Speaking on talkSport, Barton said: 'He obviously wants his summers off.

According to The Times, McTominay had sat down with both Southgate and McLeish ahead of making his decision.

And asked for his view, Barton said: "What's he playing at?"

"He has shown his ambition hasn't he?"

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"It would have been easy, financially, to go in the England side and if you're in the Manchester United squad there's a good chance you'll 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.

"So fair play to the boy if he feels like a passionate Scotsman, it can only be a good thing for Scotland because he's a seriously talented player".

McTominay may have been included in Southgate's squad for this summer's World Cup finals in Russian Federation had he chosen to represent England.

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

With Scotland requiring something of a shake-up following a disappointing conclusion to Gordan Strachan's reign, McLeish is clearly attempting to inject the squad with some young prospects.

Scotland have not qualified for a major global tournament since the 1998 World Cup, while England have reached every event since, except Euro 2008.

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