Bryan Gunn ready to admit defeat in Scotland hopes for son Angus
PUBLISHED: 15:59 12 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:18 13 November 2017
Bryan Gunn has almost given up hope that son, Angus, will follow in his footsteps to become Scotland’s number one following his call-up to the England senior squad.
Angus, who has impressed on loan at Norwich City from Manchester City this season, has been drafted into the squad for England’s friendly against Brazil at Wembley tomorrow following Jack Butland’s withdrawal through injury.
It remains to be seen what part Angus will play, with Joe Hart likely to start, although manager Gareth Southgate has shown a willingness to promote England’s youngsters with Dominic Solanke and Lewis Cook also called into the squad despite a lack of senior experience.
For the moment at least Bryan has resigned himself to his son nailing his colours to the mast of the Auld Enemy.
“I’ve been getting a lot of stick for Angus choosing England over Scotland,” joked Bryan. “I’ve always said that it’s his decision - he is his own man. Just look what he did in going to Norwich – he wasn’t fazed despite all the talk there would be from my time there.
“He was born in England but I did at least give him a Scottish name! Seriously though it’s his decision but until he takes the field in a proper qualification game there’s still a small chance he could change his mind.
“But, if I’m honest, I can’t see it happening.”
Angus has represented England at all levels from under-16 upwards and Bryan spoke of his pride at seeing the 21-year-old getting a senior call-up.
Bryan admitted that he had an inkling Angus could be drafted in after keeping a clean sheet for the Under-21s in their victory in Ukraine on Friday night.
“I thought it might be a possibility when Jack Butland got injured,” said Bryan. “But my initial thoughts were that Fraser Forster would come in as he has been in previous squads. Then you’ve got other English goalkeepers in the Premier League like Nick Pope, who has done very well at Burnley.
“But I knew that Angus was held in very high esteem by the England coaching staff.
“Gareth was obviously his manager last year in the Under-21s so he knows all about him and they have decided it’s the natural progression for Angus.”
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