ENGLAND could target Elliot Anderson for a shock international U-turn after injury ruled the Newcastle winger out for Scotland.

The Tynesider appeared to have finally settled his allegiance by accepting a senior Scottish call-up last week.

Elliot Anderson's international future could again be up for debate


Elliot Anderson’s international future could again be up for debateCredit: PA
The Newcastle local lad has played for Scotland U21s and England U19s


The Newcastle local lad has played for Scotland U21s and England U19sCredit: Rex

But he’s had to pull out of Friday’s Euro 2024 qualifier away to Cyprus and a friendly against England at Hampden Park next Tuesday.

Now The Telegraph reckon the Three Lions might go on the prowl for him again.

Anderson, 20, played for Scotland’s junior sides until switching for one game with England U19s in 2021.

But he returned to the Scottish ranks at U21 level in March last year.

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That move seemed to have been cemented when Steve Clarke rewarded his rapid rise at Newcastle by promoting him to the senior Scotland squad.

And Clarke appeared sure Anderson was content with his choice.

The former Chelsea defender and ex-Reading manager said: “He had a little think about choosing between Scotland and England.

“Elliot has been through the under-age groups with Scotland, he is one we have had an eye on.

“We had some good discussions with the boy and his family and he has chosen to come with us, which is good for us now and certainly good for us in the future.”


Born in Whitley Bay, Anderson qualifies for Scotland through a grandparent. 

The former Bristol Rovers loanee signed a new long-term contract with Newcastle in September 2022.

Toon chief Eddie Howe said at the time: “We are all delighted with Elliot’s development.

“He is a natural talent, but he also has an excellent work ethic and always wants to learn.”

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