WHILE England players celebrated their incredible Euro 2020 scorso 16 conquistare la Germania, behind the scenes officials were scrambling.
Il martedì, reports quickly surfaced Jamaica were hoping to pinch Mason Greenwood from under the noses of the Three Lions.
Greenwood, 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, prima withdrawing due to a long-standing injury.
Negli ultimi mesi, Jamaica have been desperately chasing a host of top talent from across the globe, Compreso 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-swappers… and it’s an outrageously attacking line up.
GOALKEEPER – Asmir Begovic
Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Begovic and his family moved to Canada when he was ten years old.
The Bournemouth goalkeeper – who spent last season on loan at AC Milan – played 11 times for Canada’s Under-20s and looked set to break into their senior side.
But in 2009, Begovic opted to play for the country of his birth – and has earned 63 cap since.
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DEFENDER – Victor Moses
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.
DEFENDER – Neven Subotic
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 Serbia – for whom he qualified through Bosnian-Serb parents.
DEFENDER – Declan Rice
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 di euro 2020 on Tuesday night.
CENTRE-MID – Thiago Motta
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 Coppa d'oro, Motta later switched allegiance to play for Italy OTTO anni dopo.
Motta won 30 caps for Italy and was part of their 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 squadre.
RIGHT-WING – Wilfried Zaha
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, guadagnare 20 caps to date.
Ex-Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson – Zaha’s boss at Palace for the past four years – later admitted he regretted not playing the winger in a competitive game to tie him to England, despite giving him his debut vs Sweden.
ATTACKING-MIDFIELD – Michel Platini
Having scored 41 volte in 72 games for France, helping them win the 1984 euro, 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, giocando 21 minutes of the 2-0 la sconfitta.
LEFT-WING – Jack Grealish
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 Lions’ senior squad.
FORWARD – Alfredo Di Stefano
Incredibilmente, the legendary Real Madrid striker player for Argentina, Colombia AND 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 later – and ten years after his final Argentina game – he won his first Spain cap – going on to score 23 volte in 31 Giochi.
FORWARD – Diego Costa
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
The former Real Madrid goal machine – whom the Best Goal of the year award is named after – segnato 84 volte in 85 games for Hungary between 1945 e 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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