The exception is players from Channel Islands and Isle of Man, who qualify for any of the home nations. Different sport, but the English born-and-raised Budge Poutney used this loop hole to player union for Scotland, despite having no Scottish blood & never having lived there. He has a Grandmother who was born in the Channel Islands
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I'll refrain from commenting on whether the fact that both of them grew up as Celtic fans had anything to do with their decision.
It's a unique situation in the world, too, AFAIK.
It's hard to have any sympathy for the IFA. If they actually cared about the welfare of Norn Irish footy they wouldn't ban Sunday Leagues.
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The Gentleman's Agreement means the UK teams can't pick any random foreigner. Of course Poles can qualify for England if they have British heritage or were schooled in Britain. Pretty sure Cacau has no German heritage but Germany can pick him all they want as well as Spain Senna since those countries have the section that grants eligibility in full i.e the part that says residency grants eligibility isn't omitted.
It's a FIFA law. BTW from what I know FIFA would ideally want a GB team has the Home Nations separately have loads of power. It's not a must that a GB team would have to form with the breaking of the agreement but it's a likely consequence should politics get involved.
Re: Richards , he needs to have that string of performances. You can't risk him going back to what he was doing in the qualifiers unless you see sustained improvement. Against Spurs he was hardly brilliant right?
Looked like he had potential 2-3 seasons ago, Taylor. Never really developed.
Obviously having a teammate bust his jaw rather suggests issues on one side or other too. Carroll staying, is all I'll say.
Spurs romping home. How dull.
Spurts into the CL proper then, hope they get some no-name teams in their group but still manage to go out.
Jeez, Adrian Chiles talking about "Great European nights at ****e Hart Lane", enough to cause a small seizure.
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