Joey Barton trolls Scotland as he gives honest opinion on Scott McTominay

Joey Barton trolls Scotland as he gives honest opinion on Scott McTominay

It's testament to Scott McTominay that he has not one but two countries desperately trying to sway his allegiances.

Despite some seduction methods by England in recent days, McTominay has opted to represent Scotland at global level. How droll. Scotland - and not least Alex McLeish - can afford to laugh off the jibe.

Despite having made only a handful of first-team appearances for Manchester United, the global preference of Scott McTominay had become a topic of great interest in recent weeks.

Joey Barton, speaking on talkSPORT this morning, has reacted to McTominay's decision to represent Scotland and England - and his comments are guaranteed to cause quite a stir.

According to The Times, McTominay had sat down with both Southgate and McLeish ahead of making his decision.

"He has shown his ambition hasn't he?" He's probably realised the weight of playing for England and working every summer, he doesn't want that.

McLeish then met with the player at United's Carrington training complex on Thursday to persuade him to choose Scotland.

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I think if they're not on the radar for the England team then it's much easier.

"That's been a route map for a long period, as you see with players like Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard".

You can always rely on Barton for a controversial reaction to a football story; however, there might be England fans out there nodding along with the former Manchester City and Newcastle United star.

Despite being born in England, McTominay has reportedly chosen to represent the country where his father was born.

Instead, he now faces the very real possibility of never playing in a major global tournament.

It remains unknown when McTominay will make his Scotland debut but he will certainly receive more game time there than with England, where there is stiffer competition for places in midfield. Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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