Select a Team

Prev Game: Barclays Premier League Sat 21st Nov

prev game - Newcastle United
team 1 score team 2
Newcastle 0 - 3 Leicester

Next Game: Barclays Premier League Sat 28th Nov

next game - Newcastle United
team 1 score team 2
C Palace 15:00 Newcastle

Levein eyed Ameobi call-up

Scotland boss looked into striking possibility

By James Dall.   Last Updated: 31/08/10 9:10am

  • Share:
Ameobi: Caught Levein's eye

Ameobi: Caught Levein's eye

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Scotland manager Craig Levein has revealed he looked into the possibility of calling upon the services of Shola Ameobi.

The Nigerian-born striker has represented England Under 21s and holds a British passport, but has never played a competitive game for England's senior side.

Levein had hoped that he could hand Newcastle United's Ameobi a Scotland call-up in a bid to bolster his attacking options.

However, as Ameobi has not been educated in Scotland, Levein cannot utilise the 28-year-old, under the Home Associations rule.

"I tried to get Shola Ameobi at Newcastle a while back," said Levein, who is currently preparing his side for their forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers.

"He has not played for England yet, though he has lived in the UK and had a British passport.

"So I thought he might be available to play for Scotland. But we have changed the rules.

"The Home Associations rule is clear. It changed a year ago. You have to be educated in Scotland for five years and it fell down as Shola had not been."

  • Share:


Related Profiles

Most Popular


Martin Tyler's stats

Martin Tyler's stats

West Brom and Watford would be in the top four if Premier League games ended at half-time. Read Martin's stats!

Saturday stats

Saturday stats

From Vardy's record to Lukaku's milestone... we pick out the best stats and facts from the Premier League games.

Martin Tyler's stats

Martin Tyler's stats

Do Spurs struggle in London derbies? Will Villa survive with just five points from 12 games? Martin Tyler has the stats...

Missing Men

Play Missing Men

Newcastle United

Newcastle's 3-1 win at Stoke in 2011