Five players who should switch their international allegiance

With many footballers wanting to win trophies for both club and country, it is seen necessary that elite footballers must play international football.

Some players are unable to play for their national teams because if places in the team are competitive they are less likely to be called up.

However, under the relatively new FIFA rule, players can switch allegiances to other nations if they are eligible and have played no more than three competitive matches. But which players should switch allegiances?

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka – DR Congo

The slide tackling machine, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, is eligible to play for either England or DR Congo. Born in Croydon, Wan-Bissaka has played for both DR Congo and England’s youth teams, but never for their senior team.

Wan-Bissaka has tough competition at right back for England, with Gareth Southgate, looking like he is comfortable with both Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold. In addition to these two right backs, Southgate now has the opportunity to add Tariq Lamptey and Reece James to his England defence, potentially causing Wan-Bissaka to fall down the pecking order.

With Wan-Bissaka proving his worth at Manchester United, it may be possible for Wan-Bissaka to believe he is ready for the International Stage. With DR Congo already having players who have switched their allegiance to them, such as Arthur Masuaku, Yannick Bolasie and Marcel Tisserand, it could be a good choice for Wan-Bissaka to follow them.

Mattéo Guendouzi – Morocco

Now at loan to Hertha BSC, Mattéo Guendouzi will be trying to find his form to impress Mikel Arteta, to earn his spot for Arsenal next season. Much like his situation with Arsenal, Guendouzi is also not a favourite for his national team, with Didier Deschamps depending on more experienced defensive midfielders in the past.

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France arguably has the most depth in midfield compared to other national teams. This may be the reason why Guendouzi should decide to switch allegiances to Morocco, with 17-year-old Eduardo Camavinga, getting a call up before Guendouzi.

Former Morocco boss, Hervé Renard, has previously had conversations with Guendouzi about switching to Morocco in the past. Perhaps if Morocco tries again they will become successful in their attempts to become the most dominant team in Africa. They have in the past persuaded the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Romain Saïss and Sofyan Amrabat to switch allegiance to Morocco, so why not Guendouzi?

Dan-Axel Zagadou – Ivory Coast

Towering centre back, Dan-Axel Zagadou, is eligible to play for either Ivory Coast or France. Despite playing for every France youth team, Zagadou, is yet to be capped for the senior team.

Zagadou is one of the more talented defenders that Dortmund have at their disposal, but for Les Bleus, Didier Deschamps has so many more options. With competition such as Aymeric Laporte, Ibrahima Konaté and Jules Koundé waiting for their first cap, just like Dan-Axel Zagadou, it may be a smart choice to switch allegiance to Ivory Coast if Zagadou is after international football.

With Ivory Coast short for options at the back, perhaps Zagadou could be the perfect player to partner Eric Bailly, to help Les Éléphants defensive problems.

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Patrick Bamford – Republic of Ireland

Leeds striker, Patrick Bamford, is currently in great form in the Premier League. Scoring seven goals in just six matches, he must be a player that Gareth Southgate is watching out for.

Bamford has excelled so far in the Premier League under Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa and this form doesn’t look like it’s stopping.

However, it does not look like Southgate will ever replace Harry Kane to lead the line for the Three Lions. With Southgate already trusting Marcus Rashford as a suitable replacement if Kane is ever injured. This may suggest that Bamford is better suited to the Republic of Ireland if he wants international football.

Bamford was once playing for the Republic of Ireland’s youth teams, but switched to England after being called up for the Under 18s. Bamford is able to play for Ireland under the grandparent rule.

Bamford may not be interested currently in the prospect of playing for Ireland, but there is no doubt he has the chance to play for them if his current form continues.

Giovanni Reyna – Portugal

Dortmund wonderkid, Giovanni Reyna, is eligible to play for four different national teams. Born in the North East of England while his father, Claudio Reyna, was playing for Sunderland. Reyna is eligible to play for England, Argentina, Portugal and the United States.

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Already showing his immense talent at Dortmund, it is obvious that Reyna can become one of the best in the Bundesliga, if not the world. Reyna currently represents the United States national team, being capped for the Under 17 team.

But the question is if the United States can compete at the top level, just like Portugal having been doing for the last decade. With the United States not even qualifying for the last world cup, should Reyna think about a more competitive side such as Portugal?

It is obvious that Reyna wants to remain with the United States, stating that he only wants to play for them.

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Will Brown

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