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Oliver Burke Says “Cheeky” English FA Tried to Lure Him Away From Scotland

Oliver Burke Says “Cheeky” English FA Tried to Lure Him Away From Scotland

Oliver Burke is one of the most exciting prospects to emerge for the Scottish national side in years, but the winger has revealed he was almost poached away by England at the last second.

Still only 19, Burke is now playing for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, having become the most expensive Scottish footballer of all-time when the German club paid £13 million for his services in August.

Having scored on his full debut for Leipzig, things seem to be going pretty well for Burke and he is expected to start when Scotland take on Lithuania in the crucial World Cup qualifier on Saturday night.

But in an interview with the Guardian, Burke admits he heard whispers that the English FA were interested in poaching him away from the country of his birth.

He said: “There was nothing direct but I did hear when I was away with the senior squad for the first time that they didn’t want me to play for Scotland.

“I was like: ‘No way!’ I can’t change – who does that? I love playing for Scotland; it’s my country, it’s where I was born, and every time I wear the badge it’s a dream come true – goosebumps.

“They did try a little cheeky one but it was never going to happen.”

Clearly revelling in his new surroundings, Burke also goes on to speak about why he turned down a move to the Premier League, citing Chelsea’s list of loan players as an example of how young talent is often cynically stockpiled by a lot of clubs in England.

He added: “You only can only look at your Chelseas and see the amount of talent they have but they’re all out on loan and not getting used.

“You don’t feel wanted by a club when you sign for them for however much and all of a sudden you’re there for two training sessions and they’ve just bought someone for double the amount.

“You’re thinking: ‘Why would they play me when they’ve just bought this guy that plays in my position, is more experienced, and has a higher profile?’ For me, it was a no-brainer really.”

All’s well that ends well – but can you imagine the uproar if England had managed to nick Burke from under Scotland’s noses?

They have enough young and talented players – leave ours alone!

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