0 Have your say Gareth Southgate is to meet with Scott McTominay in the hope of persuading the midfielder to commit his international future to England just 24 hours after his Scottish rival Alex McLeish did likewise. Keep up with all the top football news and transfer gossip from England, Scotland and beyond with footballwire.co.ukBoth countries are looking to secure the 21-year-old, who has played 15 times for the Manchester United first-team this season.McTominary was born in England but qualifies for Scotland through his Glaswegian father.According to The Times, McLeish travelled to United’s Carrington training ground on Thursday in an attempt to persuade the player to pledge his international allegiance north of the border.The national team head coach is keen to pick McTominay for the friendly double-header against Costa Rica and Hungary later this month.It is believed that Southgate will not assure McTominay of a place in his next squad. He will instead look to … [Read more...] about Scotland and England make their pitch to Manchester United’s Scott McTominay
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GORDON STRACHAN insists there's NO gulf between Scotland and England ahead of Saturday's World Cup crunch.Strachan led Celtic to a shock Champions League victory over Manchester United in Glasgow 11 years ago.Sir Alex Ferguson fielded an all-star side including Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport’s live transfer blog But Celts won courtesy of Shunsuke Nakamura’s free-kick — and the Scotland boss insists there’s LESS of a gap between the teams at Hampden for Saturday’s crunch.Strachan said: “I don’t think the gulf’s as big as that here. Absolutely nowhere near it.“I feel far, far better about this game, absolutely.“This is exciting. That was daunting when you look at the players we played against with them. We’re far closer in this scenario.”Gareth Southgate’s England head north four points … [Read more...] about Gordon Strachan believes there is NO gap between Scotland and England ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier
IRELAND supporters will be in the unusual position of cheering on England and Scotland this evening.To make the World Cup qualifying play-offs, Ireland must beat Moldova tomorrow night and win in Cardiff against Wales on Monday.But just coming second is not enough – as there are nine qualifying groups and only eight play-off places.The team that finishes second with the lowest points total from those nine groups will be eliminated.Although results against the bottom teams in each group are discounted.England currently lead Group F, and can do Ireland a big favour by beating Slovenia tonight at Wembley.Slovakia are second in Group F on 15 points, but when three points are subtracted from their total for their win over bottom side Malta, they go to 12 points.They then have Malta to come in their final game.If Ireland win their next two games, they will finish on 13 points.If Slovenia fail to beat England tonight (which is the likely outcome), and Scotland beat Slovakia at home, … [Read more...] about Ireland fans should be cheering on Scotland and England in tonight’s World Cup qualifiers
CELTIC sensation Karamoko Dembele will keep playing for Scotland AND England before deciding his future.The 14-year-old, one of the hottest properties in football, is eligible for both nations and desperately wanted either side of the border.But he is set to keep them both waiting until required to make a choice when he reaches Under-17 level. Keep up to date with ALL the latest football news, gossip and rumours Dembele played for Scotland Under-16s at a UEFA development tournament this month when he helped finish ahead of Austria, Croatia and Iceland.But he will also continue with St George’s Park sessions at England’s HQ with the Three Lions’ youth teams.The teen sensation played for the England Under-15 against Belgium and could feature in future games while his international allegiance is undecided.Both countries have targeted him since his stunning appearance for Celtic’s Under-20 team at the age of 13.And ALL the major clubs in Europe … [Read more...] about Celtic’s teenage sensation Karamoko Dembele will keep playing for Scotland AND England before deciding international future
THROUGHOUT November millions of people across the UK wear poppies as a mark of respect to those who gave their lives in the First World War and the conflicts that followed.Much of the meaning behind the poppy is widely known – but is there a 'correct way’ to wear it? And how much money should you contribute to the appeal?The poppy has become a powerful visual symbol of the commemorations around Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday and there are various theories about the "right" way to wear a poppy.Many people say it should be worn on the left lapel, to keep it close to your heart – it also marks the symbol’s military origins, as this is the side medals are worn by the Armed forces.Another school of thought is that the poppy should be worn on the left by men and the right by women, as is traditional for a badge or brooch.The positioning of the flower’s leaf has also been debated. One theory dictates that it should be at … [Read more...] about Which side do you wear a poppy on, how much should you donate and are there different traditions in Scotland and England?