Former Scotland manager Berti Vogts has said that he tried to persuade Wayne Rooney to play for the Tartan Army during his time in charge, Sky Sports understands.
Vogts, who was at the helm from 2002 to 2004, claims that he was made aware of Rooney’s Scottish connections when the striker was a 16 year old coming through at Everton.
The German manager travelled to Goodison Park to speak with Rooney and his then Everton manager David Moyes, but was unsuccessful in his attempts to persuade him to switch his international allegiance.
Rooney went on to make his full England debut aged just seventeen in February 2003, and is almost certain to win his 85th cap against Montenegro at Wembley tomorrow evening.
These reports come in the light of Adnan Januzaj’s current international situation, with the 18 year old able to represent a number of nations, including England in the future – something which has drawn criticism from Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.
Elsewhere, United have joined the race to sign Derby County midfielder Will Hughes, according to the Mail Online.
The eighteen year old is one of the most highly rated players in the Championship, and has also generated interest from Liverpool.