Scotland international Scott McTominay has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson played a role in his decision to represent the nation ahead of England.
The Manchester United star was eligible to play for the Three Lions following his breakthrough season at United last season but opted to represent his father’s country of birth.
Ferguson and Scotland head coach Alex McLeish combined their powers of persuasion to convince McTominay to commit to Scotland, the Lancastrian eligible to do so through his father’s nationality.
The welcome he has received since joint the team has the midfielder, who has featured sparingly at Manchester United this season, believing that Scotland can target qualification for their first major tournament in 22 years.
“The team spirit is incredible,” McTominay said via Scotsman.
“Every single player gets on well. Everybody’s in it for each other, everybody wants to stick by each other. There are no problems with anyone’s attitude.”
“And that can take you far as a team. It’s important to have that. You look at the Croatia team during the World Cup and how good their team spirit was. Watching them do as well as they did was inspiring.”
“They’ve got some great players, admittedly, but we’ve got some really good players too. We showed that against Israel. Croatia are an inspiration for the boys. It makes us dream of going to a major tournament and doing well.”