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5 players who SWITCHED their national team

Sometimes, you can be born in a specific country but that does not always guarantee you will play for them.

This is the case for these 5 players we have chosen, they chose to switch their International allegiance.

5. Declan Rice

Declan Rice was initially born in London but had Irish grandparents so he chose to represent the Republic of Ireland at senior level.

Rice chose Ireland as his national team

But after 3 appearances for Ireland, Declan Rice switched allegiances to his native country, England.

Declan Rice is now one of England’s best players

4. Jack Grealish

Currently playing for Aston Villa at the time, Jack Grealish was called up to the Ireland squad where he represented them at U17 level in 2012.

Jack Grealish had Irish heritage just like his friend Declan Rice

He then chose to represent England at U21 level and senior level where he is now one of the best players in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

Grealish recently scored in the World Cup for England

3. Diego Costa

Some of you may remember but for those that don’t, Diego Costa originally played for Brazil in 2013, making two appearances for the Verde-amarelas.

The striker was born in Brazil but soon switched his nationality

Being a dual citizen of Brazil and Spain, Costa decided to play for Los Rojos having been granted Spanish citizenship.

Diego Costa made 24 appearances for Spain, scoring 10 goals

2. Michail Antonio

Born in Wandsworth, London, Antonio chose to represent his native country in England.

The West Ham striker never made an appearance for England but trained with the squad.

Antonio was called up for the squad but pulled out due to injury

Jamaica called upon Michail Antonio for a GOLD CUP match against the United States but his passport was not obtained in time.

He then was called upon again for the upcoming matches and chose to switch to Jamaica.

Antonio has scored 3 goals in his 7 appearances for Jamaica

1. Aymeric Laporte

Born in France, Aymeric Laporte was given his first taste of international football in 2011 when he played for the U17 side, he then progressed as he aged and found himself at France’s U21 level on the cusp of senior level.

Laporte made 19 appearances for France at under-21 level

Unfortunately for France, Laporte was born in the Basque country which meant he was granted a Spanish passport, Spain boss Luis Enrique was able to convince the City defender to make the switch from France.

Laporte has made 19 appearances for Spain scoring 1 goal

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