Elliot Anderson, a highly rated teenager, impressed in midfield as Newcastle thrashed Sheffield United 8-0 in the Premier League on Sunday.
Gareth Southgate is awaiting Elliot Anderson’s decision on his international future from Newcastle.

The 20-year-old midfielder made 22 Premier League appearances last season to help Newcastle qualify for the Champions League, and he has remained in the first team picture this season. He impressed and played the entire 90 minutes against Sheffield United on Sunday, as Eddie Howe’s side cruised to an 8-0 victory.

However, while his club career appears to be secure, Anderson now faces a critical decision regarding his international future. Despite being born in England, he is eligible to represent Scotland through his Glasgow-born grandmother, and he has served in the Tartan Army at four different age groups.

Steve Clarke happy as Elliot Anderson opts to play for Scotland over  England | Scotland | The Guardian

He has, however, played for England Under 19s once. The conundrum looked to be resolved last month when he was invited into Steve Clarke’s senior squad for a Euro 2024 qualifier in Cyprus and a friendly with, ironically, England.

Despite being born at Whitley Bay, participating in the competitive fixture in Cyprus would have nailed his Scottish colors to the mast. Despite joining up and participating in initial training, Anderson withdrew from the squad, citing injury.

According to the Mail, the English Football Association is prepared to reopen discussions with the star. Anderson had stated that he was yet to decide on his international allegiance.

Southgate is no stranger to such a position, with Declan Rice now a key member of his current squad. Rice represented Ireland at the Under 17, 19, and 21 levels.

He also played three friendly games at senior level, before being cleared to switch his loyalties to England in 2019. He’s since won 45 caps under Southgate.

The strength in depth currently boasted by the Three Lions may be a decisive factor in Anderson’s decision. And should he feel opportunities will be limited, choosing Scotland could see him playing in his first major international tournament next year.

Clarke’s team is on the verge of qualifying for Euro 2024, having won five of their five qualifying games in Group A. Only two points from their final three games will guarantee them a place in Germany.

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