Elliot Anderson puts England & Scotland in limbo over allegiance decision
Anderson has made eight appearances for Newcastle this season
Elliot Anderson must make a definitive decision about his allegiance to his country before England can move forward. The Newcastle United player Anderson received acclaim for his performance on Sunday’s 8-0 thrashing at Sheffield United.
He was summoned up by Scotland for their matches against Cyprus in a European Championship qualifying and against England in an informal match, but the 20-year-old midfielder withdrew. Anderson, who was raised in Whitley Bay and played for Scotland at different ages, could have pledged his loyalty to Scotland with a performance against Cyprus.
Elliot Anderson, who played just once for England’s Under 19s two years ago, had given English FA executives a sense that he would decide to devote the rest of his life to Scotland, a nation for which he qualifies via his grandmother.
But declined any exclusion at that level after returning for one Scotland Under-21 appearance the previous year.
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“We have got some great reports from people within the club at Newcastle,” said Clarke.
“We’ve had a great start to the campaign and if you can blood players in good moments it’s probably easier than doing it in difficult moments. He’s chosen to stay with us and hopefully, that turns out to be a good decision for Elliot and ourselves.”
Scotland is in a good position to qualify for Euro 2024 as it currently leads Group A with a perfect score after four games.
Three losses, particularly a 3-0 loss at Hampden in March, have plagued Cyprus’s start.
Scotland will host England four days after the game in Larnaca to mark the first encounter between the two countries in 1872.
The 0-0 tie at Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow, which was witnessed by 4,000 spectators, is accepted by Fifa as the inaugural international game.