Scotland new boy Jacob Brown has praised Stoke City teammate Steven Fletcher and insists it is “great” to get the chance to play alongside the veteran striker.
Brown could win his first caps for Scotland in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Denmark following his surprise call-up and the 23-year-old thinks playing with the former Tartan Army star “makes things easier” for him as a striker.
“Fletch has been just class for me and all the other young players as well,” Brown said.
“He’s someone we all look up to, even people who aren’t playing in his position, because he’s a top professional and someone we all look for inspiration from.
“For me, being a striker and playing with him, it makes things easier because he knows what he’s doing.
“He’s obviously played at the top level and it’s great to play with him.”
Scotland call-up a ‘surreal moment’ for Brown
Brown qualifies for Scotland through his mum and the former Barnsley ace is adamant that he is going to savour the experience of his first international get together as he looks forward to a potential debut.
The Stoke striker revealed that Steve Clarke and his coaching staff have been keeping tabs on him for a while – almost calling him up to the under-21s – but confessed it was still a “surreal moment” when he his call-up was finally confirmed last month.
“I’ve worked so hard, from where I’ve been in the past, and to be called up by my international team is an amazing feeling.
“It’s such a high level to play at and it’s something I’m really looking forward to. I’m going to enjoy the experience and take from it as much as I can.
“I knew I was eligible for Scotland, with my mum being Scottish, for years now. They have all been looking at me and I was almost called up to the under-21s.
“But then my agent told me that Steve Clarke was going to ring me the day before it was announced.
“When he did it was just like a surreal moment, to be honest.”
With Lyndon Dykes and Ryan Christie both suspended on Friday night, Brown could be handed a Scotland debut against Moldova alongside either Ché Adams or Kevin Nisbet in attack.
A debut goal to help Scotland win, securing a Playoff spot in the process, would go a long way to making him an instant hero north of the border.
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