Barnsley defender Scott Wiseman is celebrating his first international call-up for eight years.
Wiseman has not played internationally since representing England Under-20s in 2005. But the full-back, who can also play in central defence, has another opportunity to play at the top level. Only this time it’s with Gibraltar!
Wiseman, aged 28, has been selected for Gibraltar’s friendly against Slovakia on Tuesday.
It will be Gibraltar’s first international match since joining UEFA, with Wiseman included in a squad which includes three other English-based players. Chester’s Danny Higginbotham and Farsley’s Adam Priestly have also been selected, as has former Portsmouth player Liam Walker.
Wiseman’s call-up marks a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the player who has been criticised for some of his performances by a section of his Reds’ supporters, many of whom who attacked him on his social networking account Twitter.
And the player nearly left the club in January when Barnsley accepted an offer from Blackpool. That deal didn’t happen and Wiseman has been a mainstay in the side this season.
“The negativity was quite vociferous, but that is when you have to show strength of character,” reflected Wiseman. “I’ve been taking a bit of ribbing of the other Barnsley players, but it’s a great opportunity. It’s not often you can get to this stage of your career and have the chance to play international football.”
The game against Slovakia (6.30pm) is in Faro, Portugal. Gibraltar have had to loan the ground until their new stadium is built.
Meanwhile, Reds youngster Reuben Noble-Lazarus could make his debut for loan club Scunthorpe United tomorrow.
Noble-Lazarus, 20, who once had a trial at Manchester United, has joined The Iron until 4 January.
Scunthorpe host Accrington at Glandford Park in League Two on Saturday.