TALENTED Fleet footballer Darren Campbell is playing a waiting game as far as his international future is concerned.

The youngster was born in England and his parents hail from Scotland, so he can play for either country.

Until recently it seemed that the 16-year-old fast and tricky forward had chosen the country of his birth.

He was set to fly out with England's Under 17 squad to play in a tournament in Italy.

But almost at the eleventh hour he was contacted by Scotland and invited to play in a friendly against Northern Ireland last Monday.

Having already played several games for England, he decided to join up with the "tartan" team to see what they had to offer.

He will now take time to decide where his future allegiance lies.

According to his father, George Campbell, there were no problems with his son's last minute change of heart.

He said at the family home in Lyndhurst Road, Elvetham Heath: "We discussed it fully with the English officials, and they were very understanding."

The former Courtmoor School pupil can play for either country provided the games are counted as friendly fixtures.

Decision time, however, is on the horizon when he is likely to be invited to play in a tournament sanctioned by the governing body, UEFA.

Darren, who has attracted attention from Premiership scouts, has just signed professional forms with Reading.

He is currently a member of the Nationwide League side's youth team, and has made one appearance with the reserves this season.

So which country does Mr Campbell hope his son will finally play for? "I'm a proud dad who will watch him whoever he plays for," he said.

"But I must say I will have a big smile on my face if he runs out wearing the dark blue shirt of Scotland."