Man United's Scott McTominay chooses Scotland over England

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Despite having made only a handful of first-team appearances for Manchester United, the global preference of Scott McTominay had become a topic of great interest in recent weeks.

Jose Mourinho has advised Scott McTominay to stay focused on his development at Manchester United amid uncertainty over his worldwide future. You want form players, and central midfield is probably not their strongest position.

"He obviously wants his summers off", Barton said, per the Daily Record.

Barton, who has one England cap to his name, claimed that McTominay's decision could have had more to do with a lack of ambition than a burning desire to represent Scotland but went on to give the youngster the benefit of the doubt.

"Maybe Man United and Fergie [Sir Alex Ferguson] have influenced him?"

"That's been a route map for a long period, as you see with players like Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard".

"But fair play to the boy if he feels a passionate Scotsman like Mr [Alan] Brazil here then it can only be a good thing for Scotland because he is a seriously talented individual".

And according to Jonathan Northcroft of the Times, he has opted to play for Scotland.

McTominay may have been included in Southgate's squad for this summer's World Cup finals in Russian Federation had he chosen to represent England.

Scotland have not qualified for a major worldwide tournament since the 1998 World Cup, while England have reached every event since, except Euro 2008.

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

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