Scotland manager Clarke names Newcastle midfielder Elliot Anderson for first call-up
Posted : 28 August 2023
Scotland manager Steve Clarke has announced the inclusion of Newcastle midfielder Elliot Anderson in the squad, marking his first call-up. The decision followed constructive discussions with Anderson and his family. Born in Whitley Bay, the 20-year-old had previously represented Scotland at youth level due to his grandmother's heritage. Clarke revealed that Anderson had contemplated the choice between representing Scotland and England.
Anderson's inclusion is a positive outcome for Scotland, considering his familiarity with the under-age groups. Despite a brief switch to England's Under-19s in 2021, he returned to Scotland's Under-21s last year. His recent call-up indicates his commitment to representing Scotland.
Clarke expressed confidence in Anderson's abilities, citing favorable reports from Newcastle. The decision to involve him during Scotland's strong campaign seems opportune, as blooding players in positive moments can be smoother than during challenging times. Anderson's choice to remain with Scotland is viewed as beneficial for both the player and the national team.
Scotland leads Group A in the Euro 2024 qualifiers with a perfect record of wins from four matches. Their upcoming fixtures include a qualifier against Cyprus and a friendly against England, commemorating the first-ever international match in 1872.
Although injuries have sidelined Liam Cooper, Clarke has made adjustments to the squad, including the return of Nathan Patterson and Scott McKenna. Clarke acknowledged that the squad is striker-heavy and mentioned that Liverpool's Ben Doak is being considered for future opportunities.
Clarke assured that players who perform well for their clubs, like Anderson and Doak, are being closely monitored for potential inclusion in the national team. He emphasized that Anderson's call-up was timely and encouraged Doak to continue excelling at his club for future selection.