Bryan Gunn has spoken about why his son and Southampton goalkeeper Angus has rejected a chance to play for Scotland.

The Saints stopper won’t be following in his father’s footsteps, who made six Scotland appearances during his time as a player.

Gunn is a goalkeeper just like his dad (Clive Mason/Allsport)

Southampton’s number one though is committed to England, having represented them at youth level.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun, his dad explains how Steve Clarke failed in his bid to persuade his son to be a Scotland keeper.


He said: “Immediately after Stevie was appointed manager he contacted us asking if Angus would change his mind and play for Scotland in the future.

His dad details why Gunn wasn’t wanting to play for Scotland. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

“Angus has been involved with England at different levels and decided that this was the course he wanted to stay on in the future.

“Linking up with Southampton and the opportunities available was also a big move for Angus and I can understand his thinking in this respect as he has a big future in the game.”

Gunn would likely be Scotland number one

He clearly fancies his chances at becoming an England keeper, which is fair enough for the 23-year-old. With the likes of Jordan Pickford, Tom Heaton, Nick Pope and Dean Henderson ahead of him, that’ll be a hard ask though.

Gunn wants to be England number one. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

With Scotland he would be a likely candidate for the number one spot. David Marshall, the current first choice, is 34 now and League One stoppers in Jon McLaughlin and Craig MacGillivray are behind him.

Gunn would likely be the successor to Marshall’s place, given that he’s playing Premier League football. His performances have been criticised recently though by some Saints fans.

At 23 he still has plenty to learn and his peak to hit, so perhaps Clarke will rue the chance to capture the current Southampton goalkeeper for Scotland in the future.

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