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Southampton’s Che Adams makes Scotland switch, called up for World Cup qualifiers

Saints striker Che Adams has officially switched allegiances from England to Scotland

Southampton, Che Adams, Saints, Scotland, England Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images

Southampton striker Che Adams has been called up to the Scotland national team for their World Cup qualifiers.

This confirms Adams’ switch from England to Scotland. He qualifies through the grandparent rule.

Adams, who was capped at England Under-20 level, will join Saints teammate Stuart Armstrong for Scotland’s World Cup qualifiers against Austria, Israel and Faroe Islands towards the end of March.

Despite Southampton’s form in 2021, Adams has been one of the few players who has shone in recent games. He has scored seven goals in 28 Premier League appearances so far this season.

Scotland manager Steve Clarke claimed the credit for talking Adams round to joining up with his squad after hearing murmurs that the striker was keen on being a Scotland player - most likely via Armstrong.

“I heard a whisper that he decided he wanted to come on board,” Clarke said according to the BBC.

“I had a couple of chats with him last week. It’s an area of the team that we have to try and improve. Che can go on and hopefully have a distinguished Scottish career.

Adams rejected the call up to Scotland before, but Clarke seems excited at the prospect of having a new striker at his disposal.

“I believe he spoke to Scotland, Alex McLeish was the manager, four years ago. He’s got a lot to his game that will certainly make the squad better and hopefully make the team better.”