Scotland manager Steve Clarke says Southampton striker Che Adams won’t feature for the national team at Euro 2020 – unless he initiates the conversation.
The former England youth international was approached by Alex McLeish about featuring for Scotland before Clarke took over as manager. Adams has scored four goals with four assists for Southampton in the Premier League this term.
It was suggested last month that the Saints striker was open to switching allegiances, with Scotland qualifying for Euro 2020 next summer. But Clarke says the Southampton man must call him, not the other way around.
“I’m not having any conversations with Che,” said Clarke (Sky Sports).”He’s been approached before about playing for the Scotland national team and I believe, I don’t know for a fact, but I believe he was approached before and decided that he was going to wait, he didn’t want to commit to Scotland.
“I’m a Scotsman, born and bred, and I think if people have been approached to play for Scotland and turned us down, then the onus should be on them to come back and say, ‘Listen, I’ve had a rethink, I want to be part of the Scotland national team.’ They could maybe come to us and ask if we’d consider him.
“I’ve got Stuart Armstrong at Southampton. I’m sure Stuart’s in his ear all the time telling him how good it is to be part of the Scotland national squad. If I can get one or two players to come in and help the squad, that would be great.
“But if I have to go with the squad of players that qualified us for the first time in 23 years, then that’s what I will do. Those players have been magnificent for me and I think it’s very, very, important that I show that loyalty.”