Sheffield United: Blades youngster could be set for Scotland switch

Callum McFadzean during Monday's PDL win over Coventry City � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Callum McFadzean during Monday's PDL win over Coventry City � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Callum McFadzean could be invited to change international allegiance after it emerged the Scottish Football Association (SFA) have been monitoring his performances for Sheffield United this term, writes James Shield.

Ricky Sbragia, head coach of Scotland’s under-19 team and a member of Gordon Strachan’s scouting department, was among the crowd at Worksop on Monday when the midfielder helped United overcome Coventry City in the Professional Development League.

The Star understands that Hampden Park officials are investigating whether McFadzean, who has made 20 senior appearances for United since graduating from the Redtooth Academy last August, qualifies for Scotland by virtue of his ancestry. Although he has previously represented England at youth level, FIFA regulations would permit the teenager to switch should the SFA pursue their interest.

Aidy White, who recently joined Nigel Clough’s side on loan, was capped by England at under-19 level before becoming a member of the Republic of Ireland’s under-21 squad.

White should feature when United resume their League One campaign at fellow strugglers Bristol City tomorrow.

Scotland’s next competitive under-21 fixture is not scheduled to take place until May, when the Netherlands visit St Mirren Park, while the under-19’s drew with Germany in Minsk last month.

*Twitter: @JamesShield1