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Hearts' Driver has doubts about qualifying for Scotland

England-born striker Andrew Driver admits he is not too confident about his chances of qualifying to play for the Scotland international side. The Hearts forward, born in Oldham, played for Scotland at schoolboy level until the age of 15, but a gentleman's agreement between the home nations, to pick only those players who have a connection with them through their family bloodline, means he cannot play for the country's senior sides.

"I have been asked this so many times since I have come up here," the 20-year-old told the Edinburgh Evening News.

"As far as I am concerned, I would like to play international football.

"At the minute it doesn't look like it is possible, the SFA has come out and said as much, so I can't think about it too much right now.

"All I can do is concentrate on Hearts and anything that I get on top of that is a bonus for me.

"I played for Scotland before and I enjoyed it - I wouldn't think twice about doing it again.

"I knew before anyone even brought it up last month that I wouldn't be able to play for Scotland while this agreement was in place," he said.

"I knew that as soon as I finished playing for Scotland at schoolboys' level when I was 15 that I wouldn't be able to continue playing for them because of the agreement.

"It is not my place to say whether it is right or wrong. We will just have to wait and see what happens but at the moment I wouldn't be too positive about it changing.

"All I can do is keep my head down and continue doing what I have been, keep working away and playing for Hearts.

"At the end of the day, even if the rule did change, who is to say that I would be good enough to be picked for them anyway?"

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