Che Adams: Scotland call up Southampton striker for World Cup qualifiers

Che Adams has been called up by Scotland for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

The in-form Southampton striker, who has scored three goals in his last three games, pledged his international allegiance to Scotland following talks with head coach Steve Clarke.

Adams played for England at U20 level and had previously turned down an approach by Scotland. The 24-year-old was born in Leicester but qualifies for Scotland through one of his grandparents.

Scotland head coach Steve Clarke


Clarke says there have been no talks with Celtic about the vacant manager’s job at Parkhead and would be ‘delighted’ to lead Scotland to the 2022 World Cup

“Che is obviously someone we tried to get before when Alex McLeish was manager,” Clarke told Sky Sports News.

“It’s four years ago now so he was a young man at the time. He has matured a little bit more, played a few more games, got his move to the Premier League and done very well.

“At the start of last week I got a little tip-off that he was interested in choosing Scotland as his international country. Thankfully after a couple of conversations he’s come down on our side.

“I look forward to working with him and hopefully he can add goals to the squad.”


Clarke discussed his squad selection alongside Bryan Swanson at Sky Studios

Hibernian striker Kevin Nisbet has also been called up for the first time, having scored 14 goals in 36 appearances this season including the winner in last weekend’s victory over Ross County, while Jack Hendry could make his first Scotland appearance in over two years after he was also named in Clarke’s 26-man squad.

The defender, who won the last of his three caps against Portugal in October 2018, has impressed while at on loan at Belgium club KV Oostende from Celtic.

Celtic defender Jack Hendry (PA)


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