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Clarke says Che Adams has to ask to play for Scotland

Thu 24 December 2020 | 13:26

Former Scotland’s manager, Alex McLeish, failed to persuade Che Adams to play for the Scots while he was playing for Birmingham, and current manager, Clarke, says he won’t make any fresh approach to call up the forward.

Che Adams

has scored four Premier League goals this season, and despite a good season with

Southampton

, it’s been reported that former

England

U-20 international would reconsider his international future to play for

Scotland

due to the high volume of quality English who are lining up above him.

The Scotland boss believes

Adams

should step forward to have the privilege to play for Scotland, he told Sky Sports:

“I’m not having any conversations with Che. He’s been approached before about playing for the Scotland national team and I believe – I don’t know for a fact, but I believe – he was approached before and decided that he was going to wait, he didn’t want to commit to Scotland.

“I’m a Scotsman, born and bred, and I think if people have been approached to play for Scotland and turned us down, then the onus should be on them to come back and say, ‘listen, I’ve had a rethink, I want to be part of the Scotland national team.’ They could maybe come to us and ask if we’d consider him.

“I’ve got Stuart Armstrong at Southampton. I’m sure Stuart’s in his ear all the time telling him how good it is to be part of the Scotland national squad.

“If I can get one or two players to come in and help the squad, that would be great. But if I have to go with the squad of players that qualified us for the first time in 23 years, then that’s what I will do.

“Those players have been magnificent for me and I think it’s very, very, important that I show that loyalty.”

Scott McTominay

has been playing on the right of a back three for

Scotland

in recent games. He showed attacking promises in this season by firing in two impressive goals against

Leeds

at the weekend.

Clarke

admits he hopes to play

Manchester United’s

player back into midfield in the future but for now, he doesn’t want to upset the balance of his team.

“Eventually I’d like to get Scott back into midfield, if I could do,”

Clarke

said

.

“But I won’t upset the balance of the team, or the shape of the team, just to do that.

“If I haven’t got the right personnel to play the three-at-the-back system, then maybe I will go back to a four.

“There will be plenty of matches where two central defenders will be enough and then there will be a chance for Scott to go back into midfield.”


source: SportMob

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