Jose Mourinho sends message to Man United starlet Scott McTominay

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The youngster's emergence as a first team player left many fans wondering whether he would play for England or Scotland given his eligibility to both.

McTominay wants to represent England and could even be included in Southgate's squad for this month's friendlies against Holland and Italy.

Soccer Saturday pundit Nicholas played for Scotland 20 times and has raised concerns over players born south of the border opting to play for a national team which has not reached a major tournament in 20 years.

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The Arsenal legend is uncomfortable with the general trend of players who are convinced to play for Scotland based on ancestral eligibility.

Scotland certainly have a talented player on their hands as well and would do well to build around him and other young Scottish stars in their bid to qualify for the next World Cup.

"It is not easy and then national team will be just a effect of his work at the club but I can't confirm at all that both national teams have contacted him".

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

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 realises the weight of playing for England and working every summer - he doesn't want that", Barton, capped once by England, told talkSPORT. "He's a great guy, and he gets the best out of players".

The United manager added: "The kid is very "feet on the ground", he's very calm, so I think he passed some important tests not by the football point of view but the mental point of view - maturity, calm play against champions, play knockout in the Champions League, two tests by the mental approach".

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