Ryan Fraser is delighted to see players are desperate to represent Scotland now after the Newcastle United winger played his part in making it seven games unbeaten.

Steve Clarke’s side ran out 1-0 winners over Slovakia at Hampden in Nations League action on Sunday night courtesy of a goal from QPR man Lyndon Dykes.


Dykes got the winner. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

It was the recent Newcastle United recruit who scooped Man of the Match though with a brilliant performance in a free role behind Dykes. Having not played all that much football since March, the Toon winger certainly shone for his national team.

For Clarke’s men, it was a big victory as they look to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. It’s also morale-boosting preparation ahead of next month, when Scotland play Serbia for a chance to feature at Euro 2020 next summer.


“It was difficult but enjoyable at the same time,” said Fraser after the match (Scotland NT). “I came in with one purpose and that was to win. It would have been easy after the other night to say that’s the important game done and it just tells you how strong our squad is.

Scotland v Slovakia - UEFA Nations League

The Newcastle United man shone in Glasgow. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“The game was really stop-start and you need to concentrate all the way through. When you are unbeaten it is easier to get morale in the squad. Because we are winning, we have become like a close family.

“The gaffer gets us doing everything together. Everyone wants to come and that’s the main thing.

“It might not have been like that in the past for some reason but now everyone wants to represent their country.”

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