McEveley weighs up Scots
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
England Under-21 international Jay McEveley could swap his allegiance to Scotland.England Under-21 international Jay McEveley could swap his allegiance to Scotland.
The Blackburn Rovers youngster, who is spending the season on loan at Ipswich Town, is considering taking advantage of a Fifa ruling which permits a change in international representation.
Though McEveley has already played for the England Under-21 side, due to his age he would be allowed to play for Scotland at senior level.
With fierce competition for places in the England backline, the 20-year-old feels his international ambitions could be best realised by Scotland.
"I have to weigh up my options of playing regular full international football and Scotland is a possibility," said McEveley, who qualifies for the Scots through his grandfather.
"I'm looking at the full squad and thinking, 'if I'm playing in The Premiership in a couple of years' time and playing well, am I going to get ahead of Ashley Cole or Wayne Bridge?'
"Even if I was to move across to centre half, England have half a dozen top-quality players for that position, so again I have to look at that and consider the Scotland option.
"When Graeme Souness was my manager at Blackburn he was on about me playing for Scotland and said the manager - it was Berti Vogts at the time - had been on to him about me.
"Now the Ipswich manager Joe Royle has said that he would be willing to put in a word with the present manager Walter Smith."