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Scotland boss Craig Brown
"The fact of the matter is that he hasn't been invited to play for Scotland"
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Tuesday, 30 January, 2001, 11:25 GMT
Harris in Scotland U-turn
Neil Harris
Harris may have a Scottish grandparent
Neil Harris has thrown his international future into confusion by snubbing the chance to play for Scotland - then insisting he might play after all.

The Millwall striker claimed he had no intention of playing for Craig Brown's side in a local radio interview, despite the Scotland coach making the trip to London to watch him in action.

"Playing for Scotland is something that was mentioned but it's starting to be blown out of all proportion," said Harris, who has already netted 21 times this season for the Second Division side.

"It's getting nipped in the bud straight away - I'm not going to play for Scotland, definitely not.

If it does transpire that I qualify and I'm approached, then it's a different matter and I'll have to give it serious consideration
  Neil Harris

"I don't know whether I qualify and I certainly have not been approached by anybody."

But the striker has backtracked, saying he could consider pulling on the dark blue shirt after all.

"If it does transpire that I qualify and I'm approached, then it's a different matter and I'll have to give it serious consideration," he said.

Brown has already failed in an attempt to cap Jamaican David Johnson after discovering the player was ineligible.

But Brown insists no embarrassment has been caused by this latest setback.

"Mark McGhee phoned me to tip me off and I went down to see him," he said.

"Before the game I told Mark that if Harris was interested he should fax up his eligibility.

"If the boy is not interested there's no problem. In my opinion, there is absolutely no embarrassment at all.

"At the moment the situation is straightforward. If he is interested in playing for Scotland, he should send us the proper documents."

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