International boss speaks on availability of injured Newcastle United star

An international head coach recently shared his thoughts during a press conference about the situation concerning an injured player from Newcastle United.

Harvey Barnes, a prominent figure at Newcastle United, is presently sidelined until 2024 due to a significant ankle injury. Nevertheless, he continues to attract attention, particularly due to the uncertainty surrounding his international status.

There is speculation that he might consider changing his international allegiance to Scotland, and Steve Clarke, the manager of the Scottish national team, is reportedly keeping an eye on his progress.

So, how does Harvey Barnes qualify to play for Scotland? Although he was born in England, he is eligible to represent both England and Scotland on the international stage. This is because both of his maternal grandparents were born in Scotland, and it is believed that Barnes himself is enthusiastic about the prospect of joining the Scottish national team.

While Barnes has earned a cap for England, it’s worth noting that he has only made a single appearance for the Three Lions. This appearance occurred during a friendly match against Wales, which England won 3-0. Since this was not a competitive game, Barnes remains free to choose which nation to represent in the future.

Newcastle star Harvey Barnes 'is considering DITCHING England for  Scotland'... with Steve Clarke's in-form side on the verge of securing Euro  2024 qualification | Daily Mail Online

As for Steve Clarke’s stance on Harvey Barnes, he mentioned during a recent press conference, “I appreciate the players I currently have, but I won’t disregard any potential improvements for the future. People often suggest different players to me, but I’m content with the squad and their commitment. They show up consistently, even when they don’t get playing time. I like what I have, but I’ll always keep an open mind about potential enhancements.”

However, Clarke also acknowledged Barnes’ injury situation, stating, “The topic of Harvey Barnes is not relevant at the moment, nor is it likely to be in the near future. As I mentioned, I’m satisfied with my current squad.”

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