Connor is England-bound
JASON Scotland expects his fellow front-man Connor Wickham, 14 years his junior, to play for England’s senior team one day.
Hit-man Scotland blasted home his second goal in just four league games for Ipswich Town, to wrap up an impressive 2-0 home win over promotion candidates Cardiff City on Saturday.
Scotland’s ferocious finish, following just 12 minutes after Cardiff substitute Adam Matthews had headed into his own net for an own goal, propelled Roy Keane’s men into second spot in the Championship table.
But once again, all talk after the match was of teenage sensation Wickham, who marked his first start of the campaign with a man-of-the-match performance.
Having starred for England Under-17s over the summer, helping them to become European champions, Wickham must have impressed England Under-21s coach Stuart Pearce, who was casting his eye over Town’s young striker at Portman Road.
Scotland, though, predicts even bigger and better things for his strike-force partner.
“Connor has a good future ahead of him, for English football as a whole, not just Ipswich,” insisted Scotland.
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“To be playing at this level, at that age, he can only get better. I think he can be an international.
“When I came to the club, I couldn’t believe that he’s that big and that young. I think he will go on to play for one of the top clubs in English football.
“He is a big, powerful lad for just 17. He’s a good player and he just needs a few games to become more mature as well.
“I still think he’s got a lot to learn, but playing week-in, week-out, he can only get better. He missed chances, but every striker misses chances. He could have had four today, easy.
“Other clubs will be looking at him. Bigger clubs will want to take a chance on him,” added 31-year-old Scotland.