Southampton star who ‘hassles defences’ backed for international stardom

Date published: Monday 29th March 2021 12:51 - Neil Foster

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Southampton striker Che Adams has been tipped for a successful and lengthy Scotland career after making his first start against Israel.

Adams, 24, qualifies for Scotland through a maternal grandparent but played his youth football for England. He represented the Three Lions at Under-20 level but has now switched his allegiance to the Scots.

It was a frustrating night for Steve Clarke’s side, who picked up their second consecutive draw. A long-range Dor Peretz effort gave the hosts the lead just before half-time.

Ryan Fraser equalised in the second period and Thursday’s draw with Austria means the men in blue sit third in Group F. Adams came on as a second-half substitute against Austria.

But he started and lasted 75 minutes in Tel Aviv. Adams had many international options as his father is from Antigua. But he has thrown his lot in with Scotland.

Scotland legend Ally McCoist is happy with the decision. And when it was suggested Adams has a long international career ahead of him, the 61-cap former striker concurred.

“One hundred per cent,” he told ITV Sport. “He hassles defences and he asked questions of the opposition defenders which haven’t been asked before for Scotland.

“Listen, he will play for Scotland and he will score goals. We are happy with him.”

Adams has scored seven goals from 28 appearances in all competitions for Southampton this term. And the former Birmingham City ace has bagged in Saints last three Premier League games.

Wright urges Clarke to follow Saints lead with Adams

It has been a tough second half of the campaign for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side. Four points from their last 12 league games has seen the south-coast outfit slide alarmingly towards the relegation zone.

They are seven points clear of the bottom three but need a couple of wins to guarantee safety. Adams’s form will be key and pundit Ian Wright believes the Scots should take note of how he plays for Southampton.

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“We’ve seen with Danny Ings, he can play alongside people,” he said. “We’ve seen Che Adams. He has a little bit about him, he can do a bit

“If you can just get the ball in and around him, you never know. If you just keep him in that area he might take some chances.”

Scotland are next in action on Wednesday when they face Faroe Islands in another World Cup qualifier. Adams will hope to see action in what will be an ideal opportunity to bag his first international goal.

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