Friday, September 29, 2023

Harvey Barnes considering Scotland switch after England snub despite Three Lions cap

Newcastle star Harvey Barnes is considering switching national allegiances from England to Scotland.

That is despite the fact that Barnes has already been capped by England, though it came against Wales in a friendly and is not seen as a competitive clash.

Barnes is considering switching to Scotland from EnglandGetty

Nevertheless, the Burnley-born ace is pondering whether to switch from Englishman to Scot.

According to The Times, Barnes believes that Scotland are on the ascendancy – as proved by their remarkable European Championship qualifying campaign.

A 3-0 victory over Cyprus on Friday night has preserved their perfect record in their group with five wins out of five – including a 2-0 victory over Spain.

It has put them on the brink of qualification to Euro 2024 while Barnes qualifies through his maternal grandparents, who are both Scottish.

Scotland are able to offer the 25-year-old a bigger role in the squad than Gareth Southgate can with England.

Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and now Eberechi Eze are all ahead of Barnes in the pecking order.

The Newcastle star has one cap to his name with the Three Lions, a 14-minute cameo against Wales in October 2020.

But since then, Southgate has left the winger out of his thoughts and he was barely given a sniff despite his best season in front of goal last season with Leicester.

Barnes has only played once for England in a friendlyGetty

Scotland are flying in Group A under ClarkeGetty

While the Foxes were relegated, Barnes scored 13 times in 34 appearances in the Premier League.

Regardless, England have an abundance of wingers while Clarke could make Barnes a key player for the Tartan Army.

The forward has turned down Scotland once before in his career as he looked to break into the England squad.

But he is ready to reconsider and be part of an exciting side that has scored 12 times in qualifying and conceded just once.

As well as Spain and Cyprus in their group, Georgia and Norway also join them in Group A.

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