Liverpool defender Steven Caulker could still switch allegiance to Scotland from England



Liverpool defender Steven Caulker admits he has not ruled out switching his allegiance to Scotland – despite having already been capped by England.

The 24-year-old, who recently moved to Anfield on loan from Queens Park Rangers for the rest of the season, qualifies to play for Gordon Strachan’s side through a Scottish grandmother.

Caulker, who began his career at Tottenham and was farmed out to Southampton for the first half of the campaign, scored on his only England appearance in the November 2012 defeat in Sweden.

Caulker (left) scored England’s second goal in 4-2 defeat to Sweden

But because that 4-2 loss was only a friendly, the centre-half would still be eligible for Scotland.

Caulker said: “I’ve got Scottish in me, and African as well from Sierra Leone.

“I’ve got a couple of countries I could play for.

“It was only a friendly (I played for England) so I could qualify to play for Scotland.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he added: “My gran would be very pleased.”

Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee admitted in 2013 that both he and Strachan were well aware of the Feltham-born player’s availability.

Speaking at the time, McGhee said: “He’s someone who does fit the criteria as I understand it.

“We know who the boy is, we knew about him before he was at Tottenham. We’re interested in looking at all players who meet the criteria.”