By Mark Smith

27th Aug, 2020 | 6:10pm

Charlie Adam backs 'excellent' Leeds defender to be given international chance

Charlie Adam has backed Leeds United defender Liam Cooper to feature for Scotland in their upcoming Nations League games this week.

The midfielder, who has recently left Reading, admitted that Cooper was excellent in guiding Leeds to the Championship title last season.

Cooper is in the Scotland squad for their Nations League clashes against both Israel and Czech Republic next weekend.

Adam urged Steve Clarke to utilise the Whites’ captain, who was a key figure alongside Ben White at Elland Road.

“I would go 4-3-3 and get Tierney playing left centre-back,” he told the PLZ Football Show.

“My only issue is then do you play two left-sided centre backs together? Liam Cooper, for me, has been excellent for Leeds and deserves an opportunity to play.”

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“That’s the only issue they have.”

Looking at the Scotland squad, Cooper has certainly had one of the best seasons out of anyone in that defence.

Cooper has only earned two international caps in his career, both ending in defeats against Russia and Belgium in the past couple of years.

The 28-year-old has suffered from a torrid injury record around international breaks in recent years, and will surely have earned more caps if fully fit at the time.

White received most of the plaudits around the Championship last season, but Cooper did earn a higher WhoScored average match rating than the Brighton loanee – definitely going under the radar.

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