Southampton striker Che Adams could make a national team switch from England to Scotland, according to multiple reports.
The Daily Express (Sunday 22nd Nov 2020, pg 9 Sport pullout) and the Daily Mail online confirm that Adams has been contacted by Scotland in the past but has rebuffed all approaches until now.
However, they also state that he is still being eyed up by the Scottish FA after showing some impressive form for Saints this season.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl refused to give his opinion on the choice Adams has to make recently, saying:
“Some decisions are up to the player and this is one of them. He must take this decision by himself.
“He just has to be focused on his work here and international football can be a bonus on top. But as a club manager it is not something for me to get involved in.”
The way that this situation goes will likely depend on how hungry Adams is for international football right now.
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At 24, he has most of his professional career still ahead of him and could get his chance with England if he keeps showing the form he has for Saints recently.
He also knows that he would get a lot of game time with Scotland if he was to take up their offer though.
Given that there are only two forwards from the Premier League in Steve Clarke’s most recent squad – Ollie McBurnie and Oliver Burke, both of whom have played and scored less than Adams this season – he would clearly add more goals and more quality to those options.
With England, it would certainly be difficult for Adams to break into Gareth Southgate’s squads.
Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tammy Abraham and even Danny Ings have been called up in the recent past and provide a tough group to breach. If one of them is injured or out of form, another steps up to get their chance.
Therefore, Scotland is certainly a more realistic choice for Adams right now. As mentioned before though, his ambition will probably be to reach his full potential in football and there is no reason why that can’t be breaking into the England setup.