ENGLAND manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed that he would love to lure Elliot Anderson away from the Scottish national team.
Anderson, 20, represented Scotland at a youth level until March 2021, when he switched international allegiance.
After making one appearance in a friendly for the Three Lions, he returned to Scotland eight months later.
The midfielder – who signed a long-term deal with Newcastle last September – received his first senior Scotland call-up last month, but he pulled out of the squad after just two training sessions.
It's believed he felt uncomfortable in the set-up and wanted to leave camp for a rethink.
And that has handed Southgate and his team a huge boost in their pursuit to steal him from under Steve Clarke's nose.
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Speaking ahead of England's match against Scotland at Hampden Park, the Three Lions boss revealed that he is monitoring the situation.
Southgate said: "We liked him and we do like him. He’s a player that’s doing really well.
"Obviously, he was called into their squad earlier in the week and I don’t know what the position is at the moment. I saw he’s pulled out.
"Let’s see – that’s something that John and others at our organisation will be picking up. He’s definitely a player we like."
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Although he was born in England, Anderson chose to represent Scotland as a youngster.
The midfielder is of Scottish descent as his grandmother was born in Glasgow.
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