Scott McTominay handed first Scotland call up for friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary

by Leo Nieboer

Scott McTominay has been included in Alex Mcleish’s first Scotland squad ahead of friendlies with Costa Rica and Hungary later this month.

The youngster has made 12 starts for Manchester United this season and recently made the decision to represent Scotland – rather than England, where he was born – on an international level.

McLeish noted last week that McTominay’s passion to play for Scotland impressed him when the pair last week and revealed he would be in the squad.

And Scotland have confirmed on Monday morning that the 21-year-old would indeed make his first international appearance at any level for Scotland over the next international break.

This is no less than what McTominay deserves following almost a year of steadily but surely enmeshing himself in the first team, earning Mourinho’s trust bit by bit and, crucially, taking advantage of injuries to Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera, along with he troubles of Paul Pogba over February, to show the world exactly what he can do on the biggest stage.

Sevilla, Chelsea and Liverpool were all opponents that United could not afford to make mistakes against, and McTominay took to playing against them with a sense of youthful fervour – a burning desire to impress, to prove himself – that has notably resonated with his boss.

Having already succeeded in big games for United, he will relish the challenge of senior international football.

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