Meet the Scotland players who were born in England – including Liam Cooper

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Scotland boss Steve Clarke could use the help of three English born players to shock the nation by beating Gareth Southgate and his men at Wembley in Group D.

The Scots are in desperate need of a result following their disappointing defeat against Czech Republic in the opener, losing 2-0 thanks to an inspired Patrik Schick.

England, on the other hand, saw off the threat of Croatia with a 1-0 victory, and know that a win will secure progression into the knockout stages of Euro 2020.

For their Wembley encounter, Scotland could start three players who were born below the border, one of which represented England at youth level before switching allegiances.

Liam Cooper – Leeds United

Born in Kingston upon Hull back in 1991, Liam Cooper then attended West Ham fixtures growing up with his father despite supporting Leeds, and had Scottish heritage through his paternal grandfather.

Grandfather John hailed from Bo'ness, with Cooper going on to play for Scotland at under 17, and under 19 level in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

He had to wait another 10 years before making his full international bow, and has made seven caps in total before the biggest game of his Scotland career so far on Friday.

Scott McTominay – Manchester United

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Scott McTominay fulfilled the wishes of Manchester United hero Sir Alex Ferguson by picking Scotland over England as a youngster, making his full debut in 2018.

Having been born in Lancaster, he has Scottish ancestry through his father, who comes from Helensburgh – and is said to have rejected an approach from Gareth Southgate.

Former Man Utd and Scotland player Brian McClair told the BBC in 2018: "Alex McLeish made a huge effort getting to Carrington to meet up with him, because it was in the middle of the bad weather that we had. He made it, put a case, Gareth Southgate sent him a text."

Che Adams – Southampton

Che Adams is the latest to make the switch from England to Scotland, scoring twice across his five appearances having been initially approached by the Scottish Football Association in 2017.

The 24-year-old was born in Leicester, and was eligible for Antigua and Barbuda through his father, and Scotland through his maternal grandmother.

Interestingly, Adams did actually feature for England at youth level, playing twice for the under 20s, both coming against Czech Republic in a 5-0 win and 1-0 defeat.

Lyndon Dykes – QPR

While he wasn't born in England, Lyndon Dykes was born on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

The 25-year-old, who joined QPR from Livingston last year, has parents who are both from around Dumfries in Scotland, moving to the UK to play for Queen of the South in 2014.

Dykes also has a son who was born in Scotland, and will be looking to make his 14th cap for his country and add to his two goals against their biggest rivals.

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