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Scotland still hoping Angus Gunn will switch international allegiance

Graeme Bailey
Angus Gunn wanted by Scotland
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Scotland are still looking to persuade goalkeeper Angus Gunn to switch international allegiance from England, 90min understands.

Norwich-born Gunn, who has recently replaced Tim Krul as number one at his home-town club, has never been capped by England at senior level. But he often previously represented the Three Lions in junior age groups and has been included in senior squads in 2017 and 2018.

However, given the emergence of new Arsenal star Aaron Ramsdale, combined with the presence of long-time first choice Jordan Pickford and existing understudy Nick Pope, it looks an increasingly difficult task for Gunn to break into senior squad in the long-term.

The 26-year-old is eligible for Scotland through his father - former international Bryan Gunn, who was capped six times between 1990 and 1994. The Scottish FA have considered Gunn Jr. before - Alex McLeish first made the call in 2018 - and are now watching him again.

Scotland’s current goalkeeping pool is talented, but with veteran trio Craig Gordon, 39, David Marshall, 36, and Jon McLaughlin, 34, currently the leading options for manager Steve Clarke, the future is short-term rather than long-term.

The chance to add a Premier League goalkeeper is unsurprisingly an attractive option for Scotland.

The Scots are due to enter the World Cup playoffs in March, starting with Ukraine and then potentially facing Wales or Austria for a place in Qatar. It is believed Gunn could have the chance to feature as soon as then. However, it remains the plan to include him in the long-term, so Scottish interest in persuading him to switch allegiance would remain even if he isn't called up next month.