Howe backs Ryan Fraser to "force his way" back into Scotland contention
Eddie Howe backs Ryan Fraser to "force his way" back into Scotland contention
Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Eddie Howe backs Ryan Fraser to "force his way" back into Scotland contention

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has backed Ryan Fraser to “force his way” back into the Scotland squad.

Fraser has not been selected for the Scotland friendly clashes with Poland and Austria or Wales later this month.

The 28-year-old pulled out of the November double-header for his country but trained with the Magpies. Fraser has since apologised for that situation, but it seems Scotland boss Steve Clarke hasn’t fully forgiven the winger.

Clarke hasn’t included the former Bournemouth man in his 24-man squad and he has stated that Fraser’s performances for the Toon Army will determine when he earns a recall.

Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images

What Steve Clarke said about Ryan Fraser

Speaking about Fraser’s omission, Clarke told the Scottish Sun: “I had a chat with Ryan.

“There was a situation in November when Ryan didn’t come with the squad but trained with his club. Ryan has apologised for that situation. I had a good chat with him but I’ve decided not to pick him in this camp.

“We’ve agreed that Ryan’s club form will determine whether he’s involved in the next camps. Basically it’s down to Ryan on how he performs for his club.”

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Prior to Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Chelsea where Fraser was brought on in second half injury time, Newcastle’s number 21 had started the last 11 Premier League games.

During that period, Fraser scored two goals and registered two assists and Clarke has been impressed with his compatriot’s recent form.

Clarke added: “He’s done well recently. I’ve watched him live and I’ve seen him.

“I had a conversation with Ryan and we are both in agreement that this is the right way forward.”

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Ahead of tomorrow night’s clash at Everton, Howe was asked in his pre-match press conference about his thoughts on Fraser’s omission.

Howe said: “He’s very passionate about his country. He wants to do well in every aspect of his game [for club and country] so I’m disappointed for him but I think he’s in a good place.

“He’s here, he’s playing and he’s playing very well.

“He had a slight tight hamstring before Chelsea so we didn’t want to risk him in that game.

“We’re very pleased with his recent performances and I know if he continues with that consistency of what he’s delivering he’ll force his way into that squad.”