Finn Glen Kamara fully focused on changing Dundee’s situation

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Midfielder Glen Kamara — pictured above in action during Dundee’s recent home defeat to Hamilton — is determined to see the Dark Blues improve after the international break.

Midfielder Glen Kamara says his focus is 100% on Dundee despite being in his home country bidding to make his debut on the international stage.

The Finn has been called up to head coach Markku Kanerva’s squad for a friendly against Estonia in Helsinki today and is vying for his first cap.

However, the 22-year-old won’t be allowing an international debut to distract him from helping the Dark Blues get themselves up the Premiership table.

He headed off to his homeland with his club side sitting rock bottom of the division and is determined to do everything he can to change that situation on his return to domestic action.

He said: “Dundee comes first, definitely. All my focus is on Dundee and bringing the club forward.

“Hopefully, I can do enough to get some game time over there but Dundee is my priority.”

Kamara, whose parents hail from Sierra Leone, was born and lived in Finland until the age of 12 before moving to join Arsenal’s youth academy.

He considers himself Finnish and has represented his country at both U/19 and U/21 level.

Glen Kamara is hoping to make his full debut for Finland

He turned out for the U/21s 12 times and was an unused substitute for the senior squad for last month’s qualifying double header against Croatia and Turkey.

Those games saw the Finns grab two credible draws against international sides with pedigree.

They finished fifth in a tough World Cup group that saw Iceland qualify, with the Croats making this week’s play-offs.

Finishing ahead of them were also Ukraine and the Turks, with Kosovo in bottom spot, but a total of nine points from their 10 games was no embarrassment in a group of that difficulty.

And finishing off the section with two draws has boosted the confidence of a national side that has struggled in recent years.

He said: “I didn’t get on in the two games but we drew both against good teams, Turkey and Croatia.

“People probably didn’t expect those results but we have good players in that team and a good manager.

“I enjoyed it, it’s always a pleasure and honour to be called up. I’m always looking forward to it.

“It’s a test against different players from all around Europe and it’s really good to put yourself up against them in training to see where they are and where you are.”

Kamara’s club boss Neil McCann was delighted to see his midfielder get another call-up to the Finland set-up but revealed he had hopes for even more international recognition for his squad.

Scott Bain has been involved in the Scotland set-up before and his form this season might have given him a chance of a recall with a number of SPFL players in the squad for the friendly with the Netherlands tomorrow.

That didn’t happen, while young defender Kerr Waddell’s emergence could have seen him get a maiden call-up for Scotland U/21s.

The Dark Blues’ U/20s side are currently doing well in the Development League and might have given a few of the club’s youngsters an opportunity at some of the younger international age levels.

Those players will have to wait for their chance but Neil recognises first-team results have to improve before his squad begin to get any sort of recognition from national squads.

Neil said: “I think we have a couple of boys maybe that might have been having a wee look at the international call-ups at different levels.

“Unfortunately for us, it’s only Glen that’s been chosen.

“He got called up which is excellent news.

“We’ve got boys there that can be pushing themselves forward but we need to be getting results here.

“Once we start lifting our results, clearly the admiring glances will come our way again.”

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