Barton says McTominay chose Scotland over England because he doesn’t fancy the pressure

Scott McTominay has chosen playing for Scotland over England because he cannot handle the pressure, according to Joey Barton.

McTominay was eligible for both national sides, having been born in Lancashire with a Glaswegian father, however says he will play for Scotland instead of the country of his birth.

One-cap England international Barton has criticised this decision, suggesting McTominay would rather go on holiday than play in major tournaments.

Speaking on talkSport, Barton said: ‘He obviously wants his summers off. He has shown his ambition hasn’t he? He realises the weight of playing for England and working every summer – he doesn’t want that.

‘Maybe Manchester United and Fergie have influenced it. Scotland have improved the last qualification campaign and if he feels more Scottish than English fair play to the kid.

‘It would have been easy to go financially to the England side and, if you are in the Manchester United team, then there’s a good chance you get called up by England. That has been a route map for a long period if you look at Lingard and Rashford.

‘Fair play to the boy, if he feels a passionate Scotsman then it can only be a good thing for Scotland, because he is a seriously talented individual.’

Scotland have not qualified for a major international tournament since the 1998 World Cup, while England have reached every event since, except Euro 2008.

McTominay could get his first Scotland call-up in the coming days, having met manager Alex McLeish last week and turned down talks with England coach Gareth Southgate.

McLeish will name his first team since being appointed last month, for friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary.

 

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