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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 have influenced him?" The 21-year-old was born in Lancaster but qualifies to play for Scotland through his grandparents, and there is likely to be a tug-of-war over his services. I'm sure England were desperate for him as well, with the World Cup coming up in the summer.

"What's he playing at?" the former Newcastle star said. "If he's got that, it'd be very hard for him to play for England".

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

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I know you don't really sign players for the worldwide team but England were interested in him, and it's fantastic he's chosen to play for Scotland.

"We have to realise he's a young lad, he's playing for Manchester United and he's going to have a great future, but at the same time it's a totally different game playing for Scotland".

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".

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

Naturally, due to a smaller talent pool and less competition, he is more likely to play matches for Scotland, but this won't have been the only factor he considered.

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