Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl happy for Che Adams after a successful start to life with Scotland

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‘It was a good first step for him’: Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl happy with ‘Che McAdams’ after a successful start to life with Scotland

  • Che Adams switched national allegiances from England to Scotland this month
  • The striker was born in Leicester and played for the youth teams of Three Lions
  • The 24-year-old qualifies for Scotland through his maternal grandparent
  • He played in all three games of Scotland during the international break
  • Adams scored his first international goal in the win over the Faroe Islands

Scotland first asked Che Adams to play for them four years ago and Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is delighted that Steve Clarke finally got his man last week.

The Leicester-born Saints forward with a Scottish grandparent is a former England international under 20 and initially resisted repeated calls from the north of the border.

But he scored his first international goal on Wednesday evening in Scotland’s World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands and is now a fully paid member of the Tartan army.

Ralph Hasenhuttl is delighted for Che Adams after his successful start in Scotland

Ralph Hasenhuttl is delighted for Che Adams after his successful start in Scotland

A proud Hasenhuttl duly renamed his attacker and joked that the only thing missing for the 24-year-old now is the accent.

Che McAdams is back and he certainly doesn’t speak differently, but it was good for him to score for Scotland for the first time.

‘I saw the game and it did well. They also have a good chance of maybe going to the World Cup, so it was a good first step for him. ‘

Adams should start in the Premier League on Sunday with Southampton’s six points against Burnley and Hasenhuttl also hopes James Ward-Prowse will be fit after missing England’s victory over Poland with a calf injury.

Adams played in all three of Scotland's games, scoring his first goal for the country

Adams played in all three of Scotland's games, scoring his first goal for the country

Adams played in all three of Scotland’s games, scoring his first goal for the country

The Austrian coach simply hopes that his star player will get the same opportunities as players from ‘bigger clubs’ if he offers to make his World Cup dream come true.

“In general it shouldn’t make a difference if someone is from a smaller club like us, rather than if he is from a bigger club,” added the Saints manager.

“ It’s different if you also play Champions League weekly and play at the highest level, but a player like him in the Premier League has shown how strong he is and with his qualities with set pieces I would always take him when I am ” fair.

“If I needed him in the last 10 minutes for a free kick and a goal, I would always include a player like that in my selection.”

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