Manchester United youth product Scott McTominay has turned down the chance to play for Scotland ahead of their upcoming friendly with the Netherlands.
Manchester United youth product Scott McTominay has turned down the chance to play for Scotland ahead of their upcoming friendly with the Netherlands later this month, in the hope of a future call-up from his country of birth, England.
The 20-year-old made his first Premier League start for the club in May, during the Red Devils' 2-1 win at Selhurst Park and was a part of boss Jose Mourinho's starting XI for their League Cup victory over Swansea City last month.
The Portuguese manager continued to place his faith in the youth talent by giving him the full 90 minutes in Tuesday's 2-0 Champions League win over Benfica, the second appearance he has made in the European elite competition after coming on as a substitute in the reverse leg two weeks prior.
It is thought that the Tartan Army's Under-21 coach Scot Gemmill and interim national boss Malky Mackay have both made attempts to coax the highly thought of central midfielder into featuring for their side's clash with Holland next weekend.
However, according to SunSport, McTominay is keen to hold out on confirming his allegiances to Scotland, with the Lancastrian's first choice and main hope being that of representing England.
The 6-4 starlet qualifies to play for the non Russia World Cup 2018 qualifiers due to his farther's birthplace being north of the border, a ruling that many nations across the globe have capitalized on in the past.
The report also states that conversations between both parties, including the Manchester United man's family, have taken place, but, for Scotland, to no avail. However, the SFA are keen to continue their pursuit in the hope of eventually luring McTominay into the Scottish set up.