Gosport-born Ritchie gets Scotland call-up

Matt Ritchie during his Pompey days
Matt Ritchie during his Pompey days
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GOSPORT-born Matt Ritchie has been given a surprise call-up to Gordon Strachan’s Scotland squad for this month’s double header against Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.

The former Pompey midfielder – now with Championship leaders Bournemouth – qualifies for the Dark Blues thanks to his Scottish-born father Alex.

Ritchie started his career at Pompey, coming through the youth ranks.

He made his Blues debut in the Premier League, playing 79 minutes against Wigan.

In total, Ritchie made 10 appearances for Pompey, before being sold to Swindon for an undisclosed fee in January 2011.

He was on the move two years later when he switched to Bournemouth and has played an important role as Eddie Howe’s side have stormed to the top of the Championship.

Ritchie has scored 11 times for the Cherries so far this season, including two in a 5-1 win at Kit Symons’ Fulham a fortnight ago.