Karamoko Dembele has been called up by England at youth level despite making his Scotland Under-16 debut earlier this month.
The 13-year-old Celtic starlet has been named in the England Under-16 squad that will take on Turkey next month.
Dembele, who was born in London and is eligible to play for Scotland, England and Ivory Coast, the homeland of his parents, said on Instagram on Friday night: ‘Glad to be picked for England against Turkey in December.’
debut in the Under-16s’ 2-2 Victory Shield clash with Wales on November 1.
The youngster was then invited by the English FA to train at their St George’s Park headquarters but SFA chief executive Stewart Regan insisted they would do everything in their power to prevent the player slipping from their grasp.
‘We will try to do everything we can to bring him into the Scottish system,’ said Regan.
‘If you have talented players who are eligible for other countries, they are always going to be attractive to other associations.
‘Ultimately, the choice will come down to the boy and his parents.’