Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie has clear the air talks with Scotland
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Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie has clear the air talks with Scotland

Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie has held clear the air talks with Scotland after a controversial social media video.

As the Daily Record reports, McBurnie appeared to be filmed on Sheffield United TV saying he hoped not to be called up by his national team because it was “s***e.”

The 23-year-old was in conversation with Blades teammate and fellow Scot, John Fleck. When Fleck asked; “Are you going away?”, McBurnie responded; “I hope not.”

This lead to a backlash from some Scotland fans who felt the forward was being disrespectful. Yet McBurnie insists it was only ever meant as a joke.

Oli McBurnie speaks to Scotland squad

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McBurnie has been included in Steve Clarke’s squad for upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers with Russia and Belgium. The Blades record signing addressed his international teammates to try and clear the air.

“Oli wanted to speak to the group just to clear up and clarify the situation. I know he spoke to the manager as well,” assistant Steven Reid told the Daily Record.

“Of course we accepted what he said. It wasn’t even a case of accepting or not accepting. He wanted to speak to the whole group to clarify the whole situation which has been ongoing for a few days – and that’s it.

“We draw a line under it, move on and look forward to the two games coming up. There’s no doubts over his commitment.”

This is after Blades manager Chris Wilder insisted McBurnie was committed to playing for his country.

“You can try to make something of it, but to me it’s nothing,” Wilder told BBC Sport.

“It’s something that has been blown out of proportion. In a changing room, all sorts of things get said – some serious and some in jest.

“From my dealings with Oli, he is as proud as he can be to play for Scotland.”

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