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SFA still keen on Hearts Driver representing Scotland

Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith remains hopeful of persuading Hearts winger Andrew Driver to play for Scotland. The Hearts winger, an unused substitute in England's first two games in the UEFA Under-21 Championship in Sweden, is not currently eligible for Scotland.

But the home nations have agreed to introduce Smith's new rule that would see the Oldham-born player qualify because he spent at least five years in school in Scotland.

"England were quite sharp in getting him and that demonstrates how good a player he is," Smith said.

"We are trying to change things around in terms of international criteria in order to pick him.

"The one I'm introducing now - which has been accepted by Northern Ireland, Wales and England, it has just not quite been put in place yet - would certainly bring Andrew Driver under the auspices of Scotland.

"But at the moment he is with England and we'll see going forward whether he will be in a position to change nationality at some stage.

"Once he gets in the position where he actually becomes eligible for Scotland, then he has a choice to make.

"It's up to him whether he sees himself as playing for England or Scotland.

"Even at that stage I would not be against the boy if he thinks 'I feel English'. That wouldn't be a big thing, the main principle is the lad gets the opportunity.

"Hopefully, when we get this through, which I think will be the next two or three months, he will have an opportunity to make that decision."

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