Liam Cooper has tasted glory with Leeds United recently – but now he’s wanting more on the international scene.

The Scotland defender won the Championship with Leeds last season, skippering the Elland Road side back to the top flight of English football for the first time in 16 years.

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Liam Cooper made himself a Leeds hero. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

It was a huge landmark for Marcelo Bielsa’s men and they now look forward to trying to cement themselves in the Premier League. In the meantime, Cooper is aiming for success with Scotland.

He’s in contention to start against Israel and Czech Republic in Nations League action as the road to the 2022 World Cup gets underway. The big games are next month, however, as Scotland contest the Euro 2020 play-offs.

Given he’ll be a Premier League captain this season, it’s likely Leeds’ skipper will be involved over the next couple of months for Scotland, games which could prove to be historic for the nation.

 

Cooper says getting Leeds promoted is his career highlight, and speaking before the Israel match (Scotland programme), Cooper wants to create history with Scotland.

“It is 100% the highlight of my career,” Cooper said of Leeds’ promotion. “It is definitely the best part of my career and hopefully there are many more big moments of my career to come.

“It’s about testing yourself against the best in the world and we have no better a start than playing the champions at Anfield. We are under no illusions it’s going to be tough. The biggest thing for us as a club is to stay in the league. If someone offered me 17th place just now, I’d take it.

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Hoping to survive. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“It would now be unbelievable to go to a Euros or World Cup with Scotland. It is every boys dream to play in the Premier League and we’ve done that.

“With Scotland I believe we have  a strong enough squad to get where we want to get to under the manager.”

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