Former Bristol Rovers and Newcastle United midfielder has major decision to make

The Gas promotion hero is in demand both for club and for country
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Former Bristol Rovers loanee Elliot Anderson has yet to decide which country he will represent as an international tug-of-war between England and Scotland goes on.

Anderson, who also played for England at Under-19 level, asked Scotland not to choose him according to the Chronicle Live, as he bides his time on making a decision. The door has been left open for him by Scot Gemmill should he want to return.

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Scotland boss Steve Clarke has been in discussions with the Newcastle United midfielder, but he has not yet chosen who he will represent. The 20-year-old had turned out for Scotland’s Under-21 side, but has not been included for their fixtures against Sweden and Wales later this month.

Speaking to The Herald, Clarke said: “Elliot Anderson has a similar decision to make and is still a young man of 20.

“I’ve had a conversation with Elliot and he wants to bide his time and see what happens.”

Anderson had a successful loan spell at Rovers, scoring the goal which clinched promotion to League One for the Gas. The 20-year-old got eight goals and five assists in 21 games and it was the platform that helped him become a first-team player at Newcastle.

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Newcastle had several enquiries for Anderson, mainly from the Championship but Eddie Howe chose to keep hold of the youngster. Anderson has played 16 times this season for the Magpies, playing 11 times in the Premier League, mainly as a substitute, coming on 10 times. Anderson came on for a cameo appearance in the final of the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium last month.

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