Joey Barton has given his honest opinion about Scott McTominay rejecting England


McTominay was born and raised in Lancaster, but his father, Frank, is Glaswegian and the player has made a decision to represent the Scots.

He is now set to make his Scotland debut after he is named in Wednesday's squad for matches against Costa Rica at home and Hungary away.

"He is somebody playing in the Premier League and Champions League who has really forced his way into the Man United team in the last few weeks". I'm sure England were desperate for him as well, with the World Cup coming up in the summer.

"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".

McLeish then met with the player at United's Carrington training complex on Thursday to persuade him to choose Scotland. If they feel Scottish, of course it's much easier.

"It is not easy and then national team will be just a outcome of his work at the club but I can't confirm at all that both national teams have contacted him".

Speaking last month, Mourinho said: "I gave him my advice, but I think the parents' advice is more important than mine".

"Trying to fight to have minutes with Manchester United, which is not easy, and then national team will be just a outcome of his work at the club".

"He's somebody who is going to play for the team, he's got the superstars around him and sometimes you need somebody to do that extra bit of work and be a real team player".

"With regards to whether he plays for England or Scotland, he has to go with what he feels comfortable with".

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.

"He always wants the ball - he doesn't hide, takes responsibility and I think that's great for somebody around those superstars".

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