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Sunday, 28 January, 2001, 18:50 GMT
Brown keen to cap Harris
Neil Harris
Harris faces a decision on his international future
Craig Brown is eager to offer Millwall's Neil Harris the chance to represent Scotland, but is worried that the striker could opt to play for England instead.

Brown is aware that Sven Goran Eriksson may be interested in the man dubbed in some quarters as the new Alan Shearer.

The 23-year-old has already scored 21 goals this season to help take the Londoners to the top of Division Two.

And Lions boss Mark McGhee gave Brown a glowing report on Harris' ability.

Neil's goals have lifted Millwall to the top of Division Two and it is my duty to check him out
  Craig Brown

Brown told the Sunday Mail: "I asked Mark how highly he rated Neil, and the only comparison he could give me was with Shearer - a guy who scores goals for fun.

"Mark thinks Neil will go all the way to the top. I will watch the player and speak to him about turning out for Scotland.

"But he might not like me for whatever reason. I am wary of alerting England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson to Harris' situation."


Although Harris was born in England, he has a Scottish grandfather making him available for selection for Brown's squad.

But the Scotland boss insists he will make sure of the player's availability after trying to play Jamaican David Johnson last year only to discover he was ineligible.

He added: "I've asked Mark to send me all the documentation. I get calls all the time from managers down south who want to recommend players.

"But Mark is a product of our SFA coaching course at Largs, and I trust his word.

"Neil's goals have lifted Millwall to the top of Division Two and it is my duty to check him out - in my position I can't afford to leave any stone unturned."

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