Manchester United’s Scott McTominay has claimed that he always had plans to feature for Scotland since he was a kid despite reports he was won over by the manager.
Alex McLeish and England manager Gareth Southgate both reportedly spoke to the youngster in a bid to win him over.
McTominay was eligible to feature for either nation but recently pledged his loyalty to Scotland and has subsequently been called up for the upcoming international friendlies.
England are currently set to feature in this summer’s edition of the World Cup but it appears that the academy product had his heart set elsewhere from a young age.
There were even reports of Sir Alex Ferguson getting involved in order to convince him to be a part of Scotland’s latest and new younger generation.
According to Scotzine, Scott said: “I have to thank the boss, Alex McLeish, for giving me an opportunity to come with the squad and, hopefully, show people what I can do.
“My dad’s obviously tremendously proud, as all my family are. It’s a tremendous honour to be with the Scotland national team.
“It’s what you work for your whole life, to improve, do well and, hopefully, help the team. I’m really pleased. The manager travelled a long way to speak to me and I have to thank him for that.
“The conversation we had was relatively simple. I wanted to play for Scotland – and I always have done, since I was a young boy, so it was an incredibly proud moment when he did call me up.”
Marcus Rashford previously experienced something similar but it could be argued that what happened to him was of even greater nature.
McTominay started the season as a relative nobody to the neutrals and United fans knew him only from their pre-season tour.
The Scotsman wasn’t expected to be a part of the first team squad but after Andreas Pereira‘s loan move to Valencia he was moved up the ranks.
Since then he hasn’t looked back and has gone strength to strength, earning himself an international call-up and the trust of his club manager as well.