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Leeds defender Liam Cooper received criticism for Scotland performance

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Leeds defender Liam Cooper received criticism for Scotland performance

Liam Cooper made his senior debut for Scotland on  Friday night – and the Leeds United defender received a wave of criticism for his performance from international fans.

The 28-year-old was given his first cap by manager Steve Clarke and has been rewarded for his consistent form at Elland Road in recent times.

Scotland went in front at home to Russia through a goal from Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn in a European Championship qualifying group match.

But they went on to lose the contest 2-1, as Artem Dzyuba scored for the visitors and Stephen O’Donnell then netted an own goal.

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A selection of fans on social media criticised Cooper for his individual display and feel he looked out of place on the international stage.

The Leeds captain did have a tough battle against physical Russian striker Dzyuba and was booked for a foul on him.

But the criticism aimed at him on his first international appearance seems a bit harsh, especially considering most of his teammates around him saw their levels drop massively.

Scotland host Belgium on Monday night and it will be intriguing to see if Clarke gives Cooper another shot.

Here are some comments about Cooper on Twitter:

 

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