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

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

"My advice is to keep the way he is - very humble, very open to learn, intelligent, and keep going in the same direction, same profile, trying to fight to have minutes with Manchester United".

McTominay, born in Lancaster to a Glaswegian father, is eligible to play for both England and Scotland internationally but is yet to represent either at any level.

The 21-year-old rising star held recent talks with returning manager Alex McLeish as he pondered his decision.

McTominay has since established himself as a fully-fledged member of United's first team squad with mature displays against Sevilla in the Champions League knockout stages and during last Sunday's victory over Chelsea.

"It's a hard one, being born in England, but maybe he feels like he's Scottish, so it really is a tough decision".




It's testament to Scott McTominay that he has not one but two countries desperately trying to sway his allegiances.

"It's a great coup for Scotland", said former Manchester United midfielder Fletcher yesterday.

It remains unknown when McTominay will make his Scotland debut but he will certainly receive more game time there than with England, where there is stiffer competition for places in midfield. "He realises the weight of playing for England and working every summer - he doesn't want that", Barton, capped once by England, told talkSPORT. We may not have the most talented players but they are grafters and have to be passionate about representing their country.

"I'm sure he would have met with Alex and straight away got to see what kind of guy he is".

McTominay is answering an emotional pull towards Scotland - his father is proudly Scottish - and he believes Scotland offer him the chance to carve out a significant global career.

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