Buckie Thistle goalkeeper Lee Herbert is hoping to get the nod to start for Scotland against England in tonight’s schoolboys international at Harlaw Park in Inverurie.
The Jags number one, who turned 18 earlier this month, made his Scotland debut in the opening match of the Centenary Shield on March 7, which was a 1-0 defeat in Northern Ireland.
England were beaten by the same scoreline against Wales the following night so it’s all to play for now.
Herbert said: “I would love to play for Scotland, especially as the match is up here in the north-east and my friends and family will be able to watch.
“It is the big derby match and everyone is looking forward to it.
“Our coaches have done their homework on England.
“They are very good at investigating all the teams we play against but they also point out any weaknesses they may have spotted in our own game to allow us to tighten up for the next match.”
After suffering a defeat in Northern Ireland, Herbert knows it is imperative the Scots bounce back with a victory this evening.
He added: “There wasn’t much between us and the Northern Irish lads on the night, although they were very big physically compared to ourselves.
“That was our first competitive international and I think we learned quite a bit about the pressure of playing on the big stage that night.
“Harlaw Park is a grass pitch and quite a bit tighter than the massive artificial pitches we are used to playing many of our games on.
“But the lads are looking forward to it and I’m sure they will give it their best.”