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English-born Scott McTominay has chose to play global football for Scotland

06 March 2018

He was very impressive in the win against Chelsea, and now McTominay has decided he will play with Scotland not England in the global scene.

Joey Barton, speaking on talkSPORT this morning, has reacted to McTominay's decision to represent Scotland and England - and his comments are guaranteed to cause quite a stir.

"I've never met them, but I have to believe the kid with his attitude towards the others and towards football, I believe the parents must be really good people that pass to him the right values".

The former England midfielder, who is now banned from football after breaching betting rules, added: "Maybe Manchester United and Fergie [Sir Alex Ferguson] have influenced it". You want form players, and central midfield is probably not their strongest position.

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.

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"I know you don't really sign players for the worldwide team but England were interested in him, and it's fantastic he's chosen to play for Scotland". He's a great guy, and he gets the best out of players.

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.

"I think Scott deserves more than what he is getting".

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.

The Irish Times cited a September 2016 interview with the club website, in which Scott McTominay said that he felt more Scottish than English.

English-born Scott McTominay has chose to play global football for Scotland