Southampton duo Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong have been called up to the Scotland squad for the delayed Euro 2020 tournament this summer.
Manager Steve Clarke’s 26 choices were officially revealed this morning and included Adams as one of six forwards and Armstrong as one of seven midfielders.
Both players have played a big part for Saints this season and will both surely get some good minutes at the Euros if they remain fit.
Scotland have been drawn in Group D with England, Czech Republic and Croatia, with their first game against the Czechs on 14th June.
Both Southampton players add variety to Scotland’s options
As mentioned before, both Adams and Armstrong have had impressive campaigns and both play specific roles in the Saints setup under Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Adams works tirelessly upfront and shows superb hold-up play at times, but crucially his development as a player in 2020/21 has seen him able to contribute with more goal involvements too.
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It took him a while to get going after joining Saints and it took him until the 33rd game of last season to score his first goal for the club after joining for around £15m from Birmingham City.
This time around things look much more impressive. Nine goals and five assists in all competitions prove his ability to both score and create whilst linking with his teammates around him.
Armstrong has proven his positional flexibility having started the season as one of Saints’ main creators as a number 10 but ending it performing admirably in the centre of midfield.
Powerful and determined runs into dangerous areas have seen him cause many teams a problem in the English top-flight and he will be hoping to be able to do the same at international level in June and July.
With one Premier League game remaining, he has five goals and six assists across all competitions. Along with Adams, he is one of nine current Premier League players who will be representing their country this summer.
Scotland manager Steve Clarke has utilised a back three in the last 11 internationals and it remains to be seen whether he sees the Saints players as starters in his first-choice line-up.