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


McLeish is expected to announce his squad on Wednesday with McTominay's decision softening the blow of Scott Brown's worldwide retirement.

Joey Barton has jokingly suggested that Scott McTominay may have chosen Scotland over England because he wants more time off.

It is 18 years since a Scottish victory in an Auld Enemy game so any little triumphs must be savoured.

Although the player himself was born in England and has spent all his life there, his dad, Frank, ...

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. "It's a bit of both - I want them both to do well".

The 21-year-old has made six appearances in the Premier League for the Red Devils so far this season and has been showing maturity beyond his years with his assured displays.

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's probably realised the weight of playing for England and working every summer, he doesn't want that. "I can't confirm because I have no information about that and my advice to him is not about national teams, is not about that. If he's got that, it'd be very hard for him to play for England".

"It would have been easy, financially, to go in the England side and if you're in the Manchester United team there's a good chance you'll get called up by England - that's been a route map for a long period, as you see with players like Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard".

I think his own heart is more important than my advice, because my advice is purely from the career point of view. "It sounds like his father has picked it more than him".

"Going forward, it's up to Alex McLeish, I've not spoken to him yet but I'm sure I will do in the near future and see what the plans are".