MALONEY TURNS DOWN ENGLAND OFFER
By Philip Seery
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 18-year-old midfielder, who has an English father, underlined his potential with a string of impressive performances towards the end of last season and Eriksson moved quickly to see if the teenager would play for England.
However, Maloney regards himself as a Scot having lived in the country since he was five years old and rebuffed the approach by England and Eriksson.
"The English have been in touch with my parents and with my agent and they made a late bid a couple of weeks ago to get me to play for England when they found out I was involved here," Maloney said.
"However, they don't have any squads at the moment and could not pick me for anything.
"Howard Wilkinson phoned and the top man Eriksson was speaking to my agent as well. It was flattering but I would never have done it anyway.
"My mother is Scottish but I was born in Malaya, where my dad was a helicopter pilot, before coming back to Scotland when I was about five.
"Even though I could play for a few different countries I made Scotland my choice," revealed The Bhoys ace.
Indeed Maloney looks set to commit himself to his adopted homeland by playing in Friday's Under-21 match with Croatia.