Sheffield United: Murphy calls for international clash

Proud Scot: Jamie Murphy, the Sheffield United winger, says he feels settled at Bramall Lane after leaving Motherwell last month

Proud Scot: Jamie Murphy, the Sheffield United winger, says he feels settled at Bramall Lane after leaving Motherwell last month

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TWO flying wingers, a pair of accomplished midfielders and one tough centre-half.

It might be a sideshow to the main event but little wonder, given their impressive roll call of talent, Sheffield United’s Caledonian contingent are confident of beating the Auld Enemy should they ever lock horns at the South Yorkshire club’s training ground.

“The calls for a Scotland versus England game are getting louder,” Jamie Murphy, the former Motherwell winger, said.

“Ryan Flynn, Kevin McDonald, Barry Robson, Neill Collins and myself keep pushing for it but I don’t think the English lads are too keen.

“We’ll get our way eventually though. They can’t keep putting it off. They can’t ignore us for much longer and we’ll get a date soon.”

The clamour for Shirecliffe to host a cross-border skirmish might be growing by the day.

McDonald, who hails from Carnoustie, became the first member of Danny Wilson’s squad to throw down the gauntlet earlier this term.

But, with tomorrow’s encounter against Colchester looming large on the horizon, fantasy football must play second fiddle to the more pertinent business of gaining promotion from League One.

Nevertheless, repartee remains an important part of the bonding process.

Collins, previously of Queens Park and Dumbarton, recently described the challenges Murphy would face adapting to life outside of the SPL after leaving Fir Park last month.

But, following a slow start to his United career, the 23-year-old’s performances during their away victories over Shrewsbury Town and Bury have illustrated exactly why Wilson was so keen to acquire his services.

“The lads here have been brilliant with me,” Murphy, who scored his first goal since arriving at Bramall Lane against Kevin Blackwell’s side on Tuesday, said.

“I’m still living in the hotel but there are a few of us in there and we go for meals and stuff.

“I’m starting to feel really settled. I like the city and of course it initially helped that there are quite a few of us Scots here.

“But all the lads have been brilliant with me.”

Only 250 miles of motorway separate Sheffield and Murphy’s home town of Glasgow. So why, as Collins intimated a fortnight ago, are such moves potentially fraught with difficulty?

“The game is quite different,” Murphy explained. “Technically, there are lots of good players in Scotland but in England it’s much quicker.

“It’s more physical as well so you’ve got to get used to that and adjust.”