Ralph Hassenhuttl won’t dictate which country Che Adams plays his international football for. The player, who has scored three goals in 10 games this season, is eligible to play for Scotland thanks to a paternal grandparent.
The Southampton boss says that the player himself must decide what country to play for.
“Take the decision by himself”
“Some decisions are up to the player and this is one of them. He must take this decision by himself. He just has to be focused on his work here and international football can be a bonus on top. But as a club manager it is not something for me to get involved in” he said (Daily Mail).
The 24-year-old is eligible to play for England as well, and has previously made appearances for the England under-20 side.
Could be called-up by Steve Clarke
However, as he has not yet made the breakthrough into the English senior side, there remains a chance that the player could yet earn a call-up to the Scottish national team.
It remains to be seen if Steve Clarke will ask the player if he wants to play for Scotland though. He would be a good option for Scotland to have up-front, it has to be said.
There is also the possibility of getting in the Euro 2020 squad should Adams impress if called-up. At least it is now clear that the decision will be made by the player. The Southampton boss will not be involved in any decision that Adams makes regarding his international future. Only time will tell if Adams ends up playing for Scotland or not.