Scott McTominay has been accused of electing to represent Scotland instead of England because he "wants his summers off". The time has now come for the 21-year old from Lancaster, England to select what nation he will play for internationally.
"I've never met them, but I have to believe the kid with his attitude towards the others and towards football, I believe the parents must be really good people that pass to him the right values".
"What's he playing at?" the former Newcastle star said.
McTominay may have been included in Southgate's squad for this summer's World Cup finals in Russian Federation had he chosen to represent England.
He made his senior debut against Arsenal in May and has played 17 games, including starting the past three. He's a great guy, and he gets the best out of players.
"Maybe in the United team, (McTominay's) not the one that's looked for to be creating and scoring goals and you don't want that responsibility to fall on him. It sounds like his father has picked it more than him". "I can't confirm because I have no information about that and my advice to him is not about national teams, is not about that".
"I've spoken to (United's Under-23s coach) Ricky Sbragia and Nicky Butt (now head of United's youth academy) and the biggest thing is his work-rate and how much the manager thinks he can trust him".
Fletcher who played in Scotland's final two World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Slovenia last October, is waiting to discover whether he will remain part of new Scotland boss McLeish's plans.
Naturally, due to a smaller talent pool and less competition, he is more likely to play matches for Scotland, but this won't have been the only factor he considered.