Liam Cooper has been included in Scotland’s national squad for the delayed Euro 2020 tournament, this summer. It will be the first major international tournament of Cooper’s career, and the first appearance at any tournament for 23 years for his nation!
Leeds United’s captain will face competition for places in defence, but being called up was an honour for a key member of the Whites’ Premier League backline, as they look to shine on the big stage.
Who is in charge of Scotland?
In charge of the Tartan Army is Steve Clarke. He has held his position since 2019 and has guided his home nation to a major tournament for the first time in 23 years!
Clarke began his professional footballing career with St Mirren, where he made over 200 appearances. The defender then went on to play for Chelsea, staying at Stamford Bridge for 11 years.
Then turning to management, Clarke held caretaker and assistant roles with Newcastle United, Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool before being permanently appointed in the top job with West Brom in 2012.
From there, he had a short spell with both Reading and Aston Villa, before enjoying great success with Kilmarnock which saw the now 57-year-old presented with the opportunity to manage the Scots.
How many times has Cooper played for Scotland?
Having played five times for the Under-17s squad and then once for the Under-19s, Cooper made the step up to the senior team in 2019. Since making his debut, the Leeds skipper has now got six caps to his name following Wednesday night’s draw with Holland.