As reported by the Daily Record, Jack Harper’s father has confirmed that he has been approached by the Spanish Football Federation over the possibility of the youngster playing for La Roja.
“The day after Scotland announced the Under-19 squad, and Jack wasn’t included, Spain were on the phone asking about his position and international status,” his father said.
The 19-year-old forward was born in Spain, but his Scottish ancestry has seen him turn out for many of their youth teams. A consistent fixture in Real Madrid’s youth sides, Harper is considered the bright future of Scottish football, and he clearly must have talent if Spain are keen on tempting him to their national team.
He already has two caps at Under-19 level for the Tartan Army, although current head coach Ricky Sbragia has not called him up for the current round of international fixtures due to his size. In the same Daily Record story, Sbragia said that Harper was a ‘luxury player’ who would not tie in with his physical style of play.
That is an archaic way to build a team, especially with Harper showing incredible talent in Madrid’s UEFA Youth League campaign. He has three goals and three assists in six games, and has shown himself to possess amazing potential.
Luckily for Scotland, Harper himself is keen to play for Scotland, and the Scottish FA chiefs should hope that Sbragia’s snubbing has not lessened that desire.
His father added: “Jack wants to play for Scotland. I’m Scottish, so is his mum and the rest of the family. He is committed to Scotland, but if nothing is happening by the time he is 21 then he will have a decision to make because he has a life and a career to fulfil. Hopefully, it won’t come to that.”