Liam Cooper insists focus is immediately back to Leeds United after failing to make Scotland debut

The defender failed to come off the bench against Denmark this week.

Leeds United certainly had some success in regards to international players this week. The likes of Stuart Dallas and Lewis Cook are often called away but Mustapha Carayol scored on a rare Gambia call-up whilst they had two Scotland players called up by Gordon Strachan.

It was Liam Bridcutt who stole the headlines from the Scottish duo, for his monster challenge on Denmark’s Erik Sviatchenko.

But defender Liam Cooper did not get a chance to make a name for himself. He did not play this week, instead having to watch from the bench as Scotland beat Denmark 1-0.

But he has told LUTV this week that he understands why Strachan left him on the bench and that he is now solely focused on ending the season with a bang at Leeds:

“I enjoyed my time away but it is now time to focus on the job in hand here. We have got eight massive games to go to the end of the season and I’m looking forward to being part of that.

“Obviously the manager had his reasons. He wanted to win the game. I know it was only a friendly game but winning football games is massive up there at international level, at any level. Fully understandable and hopefully I’ll get my chance again another time.

“It’s just nice to be recognised for my appearances here and hopefully I can keep giving those appearances and playing more for Leeds United.”

Cooper, from Hull, qualifies for Scotland through his heritage and has previously played for the Scottish under-17 and under-19 teams – but will have to wait a little longer for his senior cap.

The 24-year-old has had an excellent season for Leeds United and is probably a leading name in the running for player of the season at Elland Road.

If he can continue that form, then his Scotland bow will only be around the corner.

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