Scotland and England make their pitch to Manchester United's Scott McTominay

Gareth Southgate is to meet with Scott McTominay in the hope of persuading the midfielder to commit his international future to England just 24 hours after his Scottish rival Alex McLeish did likewise.

Scott McTominay has played 15 times for Manchester United this season. Picture: PA

Both countries are looking to secure the 21-year-old, who has played 15 times for the Manchester United first-team this season.

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McTominary was born in England but qualifies for Scotland through his Glaswegian father.

According to The Times, McLeish travelled to United’s Carrington training ground on Thursday in an attempt to persuade the player to pledge his international allegiance north of the border.

The national team head coach is keen to pick McTominay for the friendly double-header against Costa Rica and Hungary later this month.

It is believed that Southgate will not assure McTominay of a place in his next squad. He will instead look to convince the player that he is good enough to play for England in the future and should resist Scotland’s advances in order to do so.

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