Best XI of stars who swapped nations including Jack Grealish & Wilfried Zaha

WHILE England players celebrated their incredible Euro 2020 laaste 16 win over Germany, behind the scenes officials were scrambling.

Op Dinsdag, reports quickly surfaced Jamaica were hoping to pinch Mason Greenwood from under the noses of the Three Lions.

The best XI of players to swap nationalities during their career, includes some superstar names
The best XI of players to swap nationalities during their career, includes some superstar names

Groenhout, 19, has already made his full senior bow for England in the controversial trip to Iceland.

The Manchester United star was dropped for breaching coronavirus rules and hasn’t played since.

But he was named in Gareth Southgate’s provisional 33-man squad for the Euros, voorheen withdrawing due to a long-standing injury.

In recent months, Jamaica have been desperately chasing a host of top talent from across the globe, insluitend West Ham’s Michail Antonio.

Greenwood qualifies for Jamaica through his parents and is able to switch allegiances despite featuring in the Uefa Nations League game against Iceland.

Players can swap nations if they are under the age of 21 and have featured in no more than three competitive games.

The rules haven’t always been so strict though, with many big-name players switching allegiances down the years.

We take a look at the best XI of nation-swappersand it’s an outrageously attacking line up.

GOALKEEPERAsmir Begovic

Asmir Begovic swapped Canada for Bosnia and Herzegovina despite growing up in North America

Asmir Begovic swapped Canada for Bosnia and Herzegovina despite growing up in North AmericaKrediet: Reuters

Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Begovic and his family moved to Canada when he was ten years old.

The Bournemouth goalkeeperwho spent last season on loan at AC Milan – gespeel 11 times for Canada’s Under-20s and looked set to break into their senior side.

Maar in 2009, Begovic opted to play for the country of his birthand has earned 63 cap since.


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DEFENDERVictor Moses

Victor Moses switched allegiance to Nigeria after failing to break into the England senior side

Victor Moses switched allegiance to Nigeria after failing to break into the England senior sideKrediet: Getty Images – Getty

Born in Nigeria and raised in London, Moses played for England’s Under-162, U17s, U19s and U21s.

But he gave up on a spot in the senior side and switched to the nation of his birth in 2012.

DEFENDERNeven Subotic

Neven Subotic was eligible to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina, USA or Serbia - but opted for the latter

Neven Subotic was eligible to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina, USA or Serbiabut opted for the latterKrediet: Aksiebeelde – Reuters

Subotic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina but grew up in the USA, playing for their Under-17s and U20s.

In 2008, he opted to play for Serbiafor whom he qualified through Bosnian-Serb parents.

DEFENDERDeclan Rice

Declan Rice won three caps for Ireland before swapping to England where he is now a regular starter

Declan Rice won three caps for Ireland before swapping to England where he is now a regular starterKrediet: Sportlêer – Intekening

Rice famously won three caps for Ireland in 2018 having worked his way through the youth teams thanks to his grandparents being Irish.

But he controversially switched to England the next year.

The London-born star proved where his heart lies when he kissed the Three Lions badge in a passionate celebrate as England beat Germany in the last 16 of Euro 2020 op Dinsdagaand.

CENTRE-MIDThiago Motta

Thiago Motta turned his back on Brazil to turn out for Italy

Thiago Motta turned his back on Brazil to turn out for ItalyKrediet: Reuters

The former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain star was born in Brazil but qualified for Italy thanks to the grandfather on his father’s side.

After playing twice for Brazil in the 2003 Gold Cup, Motta later switched allegiance to play for Italy EIGHT jare later.

Motta won 30 caps for Italy and was part of their 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 groepe.

RIGHT-WINGWilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha played for England's senior side in a friendly against Sweden but never made a competitive appearance and opted to play for Ivory Coast

Wilfried Zaha played for England’s senior side in a friendly against Sweden but never made a competitive appearance and opted to play for Ivory CoastKrediet: Getty Images – Getty

After working his way through England’s Under-17s and U20s teams, Zaha made his full England debut in a friendly against Sweden in 2012 replacing fellow debutant Raheem Sterling.

But after dropping down the pecking order, Zaha switched to turn out for Ivory Coast at the 2017 African Cup of Nations, earning 20 caps to date.

Ex-Three Lions boss Roy HodgsonZaha’s boss at Palace for the past four yearslater admitted he regretted not playing the winger in a competitive game to tie him to England, despite giving him his debut vs Sweden.

ATTACKING-MIDFIELDMichel Platini

France legend Michel Platini played once for Kuwait following his retirement

France legend Michel Platini played once for Kuwait following his retirementKrediet: Getty – Bydraer

Having scored 41 keer in 72 games for France, helping them win the 1984 Euro's, Platini hung up his boots in 1987.

But he came out of retirement to bizarrely play for Kuwait in a friendly against the Soviet Union in 1988, playing 21 minutes of the 2-0 nederlaag.

LEFT-WINGJack Grealish

Jack Grealish worked his way through Ireland's youth ranks before bursting into the England set up

Jack Grealish worked his way through Ireland’s youth ranks before bursting into the England set upKrediet: Corbis

Born in Birmingham, Grealish worked his way through the Irish youth teams thanks to his paternal grandparents and amternal grandfather coming from Ireland.

Despite playing six times for Ireland’s Under-21s, England poached him at the same level before the Aston Villa captain made himself a crucial part of the Three Lionssenior squad.

FORWARDAlfredo Di Stefano

Alfredo Di Stefano represented three nations during his illustrious playing career

Alfredo Di Stefano represented three nations during his illustrious playing careerKrediet: Getty – Bydraer

Ongelooflik, the legendary Real Madrid striker player for Argentina, Colombia EN Spain during his career.

Di Stefano was born in Argentina and won six caps for them, before switching to Colombia and winning a further four caps.

Eight years laterand ten years after his final Argentina gamehe won his first Spain capgoing on to score 23 keer in 31 speletjies.

FORWARDDiego Costa

Diego Costa won two caps for Brazil before turning his back on them and representing Spain

Diego Costa won two caps for Brazil before turning his back on them and representing SpainKrediet: Getty Images – Getty

In 2013, during his second stint at Atletico Madrid, Costa earned two caps for his native Brazil.

But he immediately applied for Spanish citizenship and after it was approved in 2014 he went straight into the first-team.

Costa played for Spain at two World Cups scoring ten goals in 24 games in total.

FORWARD – Ferenc Puskas

Ferenc Puskas scored nearly a goal a game for Hungary in 85 caps before switching to Spain

Ferenc Puskas scored nearly a goal a game for Hungary in 85 caps before switching to SpainKrediet: PA:Persvereniging

The former Real Madrid goal machinewhom the Best Goal of the year award is named afterscored 84 keer in 85 games for Hungary between 1945 en 1956.

But Puskas switched to Spain in 1961 in the middle of his time at Los Blancos, but failed to score in four caps.

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