Liam Cooper comments on Scotland career having made no-brainer Leeds move

Liam Cooper will make his first appearance for Scotland against Denmark on Tuesday.

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has told The Scottish Herald that he felt his prospects with the Scotland national team had ended.

Cooper, 24, came up through with hometown club Hull City before moving on to loan club Chesterfield on a permanent basis in January 2013, where he thrived for the Spireites.

The centre back then signed for Leeds in 2014, and after more than 60 appearances for the Whites, Cooper has now made a personal achievement - winning a call-up to the Scotland national team.

Cooper, who represented Scotland - despite being born in Kingston upon Hull - at both Scotland Under-17 and Under-19 levels, has been called up by Gordon Strachan for Tuesday night's match against Denmark at Hampden Park.

Cooper is joined in the Scotland squad by Leeds team-mate Liam Bridcutt, and both will be following a long line of players who have played for Leeds and Scotland.

However, Cooper has told The Scottish Herald that he didn't think a call-up to the senior squad was on the horizon, but now wants to make his mark with Scotland having been handed a huge opportunity, and knows he must perform to keep his place in the squad.

Cooper also claims his move to Leeds was a 'no-brainer', but even when he made the move to Elland Road, he didn't think international football was a possibility, having failed to move up to the Scotland Under-21's after his appearances for the Under-17 and Under-19's.

"I definitely thought my chance might’ve passed," said Cooper. "I’d played for the under-17s and under-19s. I wanted to see my international career progressing through with the under-21s. But that wasn’t to happen. I left Hull and went to Chesterfield and I had a good two years there. Then Leeds came in for me and it was a no brainer to go there. But at the back of my head I did think my chance of a full call up had probably gone."

"But the manager’s shown with young lads if you’re good enough he’ll call you up. It’s good to know that as a player. I know there’s an opportunity for me to show what I can do. I’m a big believer in hard work never stops. I’ve done well to get the call up, but it doesn’t stop there. Now I’ve got to go and prove myself that I can play at this level. I’m a player who will always wear his heart on his sleeve, I’ll always give my all. Hopefully that will show. Hopefully I’ll be given a chance to do that and that I can take that chance," he added.

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