Newcastle United midfielder ‘widely expected’ to make big decision on international future

It’s been a big week for the highly-rated midfielder.

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Newcastle United midfielder Elliot Anderson has withdrawn from the Scotland Under-21 squad and is reportedly set to make a decision on his international future.

The Magpies midfielder has enjoyed a positive start to the new Premier League season after impressing United manager Eddie Howe during the preparations for the new campaign.

Anderson featured in several pre-season friendlies and that persuaded Howe to opt against sending the youngster out on another loan spell after the success he enjoyed spending the second half of last season with Bristol Rovers.

The Geordie midfielder helped Joey Barton’s side secure promotion into League One after scoring the crucial seventh goal in a dramatic final day win over Scunthorpe United that snatched the third and final promotion place on goal difference.

Anderson has not looked out of place among United’s senior players during the opening weeks of the season and has made three substitute appearances in the Premier League, as well as making his first Magpies start in the Carabao Cup win at Tranmere Rovers.

Anderson was rewarded for his progression with a new long-term contract earlier this week and stated his delight at committing his future to the club.

He told the club website: “I’m really happy. I love playing for Newcastle United, and committing my future to the club is something I’ve really wanted to do.

“It was my aim coming back into pre-season to work hard and earn the opportunity to stick around. I have really enjoyed being with the first team group, so hopefully I can keep improving and contribute to the team.”

Anderson was expected to add to his solitary Scotland Under-21 cap this week when they face a friendly double-header against Northern Ireland - but has now withdrawn from the squad and is said to be ready to make a big decision on his international future.

The Telegraph have reported Anderson is now considering switching his international allegiance to England - although the Football Association are yet to make an approach to the Magpies youngster.

The report also suggested Anderson is ‘widely expected’ to make the switch, in a move that will disappoint Scotland manager Steve Clarke, who has kept a keen eye of the progress he has made at St James Park.