Sheffield Wednesday: May says Owls can earn him senior Scotland call

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Owls Stevie May yesterday brought down the curtain on his Scotland U21 career.

But the striker is determined the clash with Luxembourg will not be his last in Scottish colours.

May – who joined the Owls from St Johnstone last month – will turn 22 in November, meaning last night’s eighth cap for the U21 will be his last.

He admits he made the move to English football in order to pursue a call-up to the Scotland senior squad.

“Hopefully I can bow out from the U21 on a high,” May said.

“Of course, anyone would say you’d rather be with the full national squad but there are a lot of top international strikers in the full squad so I can’t be disappointed.

“Playing at the highest level possible is a personal goal of mine.

“That’s why I made the move this summer to do.

“If that comes with an international call-up down the line, then that’s great.”

The 21-year-old saw the switch from Scottish Premiership to the Championship as the step-up in quality he needed to catch the eye of national team boss Gordon Strachan in the future.

May says it has not been a case of seeing the difference between the two divisions, but rather feeling it.

“The physicality in terms of size and strength is probably the biggest difference I’ve noticed from Scotland,” he said.

“The Championship is a hard league to play in but I’m enjoying the challenge.

“It’s a high standard, especially as a lot of players have come down from the Premier League.

“The standard in Scotland is probably underestimated in England but I think the pitches have a lot to do with it.

“In England you can trust your touch more often when you are playing on flat grass. There isn’t as much of that as you would like in Scotland.

“It was a good step for me and it was one I felt was right at the time.

“It wasn’t a hard decision for me in the end. I’ve got a lot of fond memories of St Johnstone but you need to move up.

“The boys at Wednesday have all been great with me.

“It was important to get that first goal against Middlesbrough.”

May opened his Owls tally against Boro last month after netting 27 times for St Johnstone last season.