A teenager from Rutland has been called up for Scotland’s U15 squad after being talent-spotted at training sessions with premier league clubs.
Jordan Neil, from Caldecott, plays for Uppingham Town’s U16s and Leicester City’s elite squad as well as attending sessions with West Bromwich Albion and Everton.
But despite the attention from major clubs, he says he was still stunned when the Scottish FA called.
“I was gobsmacked when they said they wanted me to come for training,” said the Uppingham Community College pupil. “I didn’t know what to say.”
Scottish scouts had been tipped off about Jordan’s potential and they contacted West Brom to pass on reports.
Now Jordan will take part in a 40-strong Scottish training camp at the end of this month.
If that goes well he may then represent Scotland in a Home Nations tournament before a tour of Italy.
Jordan, who plays up front or wide on the left, only joined Uppingham Town U16s midway through last season but scored nine goals in his seven appearances. He has added nine in 10 to that tally this season as the side sit mid-table in just their second season.
Uppingham coach Richard Lewin said: “He made an instant impact, becoming our leading goalscorer.
“He’s one of the youngest members and playing against lads much older than him.
“He is very talented. When we speak with coaches from the teams we have played against they always pick him out.”
Jordan began playing football when he was five in his native Scotland and his parents, Cameron and Natalie, paid credit to Uppingham for helping Jordan to continue playing after they moved to Rutland.
Beyond the national squad selection, Jordan is on the radar of several top English an Scottish clubs.
“Everton was the best. The set-up and training was brilliant.”
Given the choice, however, he admitted Rangers would always be his first choice.