Romelu Lukaku of Belgium
As Ian Hawkey details, a host of top players have found their loyalties divided between European and African nations when it comes to declaring international eligibility.
Here are five of the most notable.
Mario Balotelli – Ghana v Italy
Ghanaian officials worked hard at trying to convince Mario Barwuah, as he was born, the son of Ghanaians, in Sicily 22 years ago, to play for the Black Stars. Balotelli, adopted by Italians as a child, chose Italy’s Azzurri.
Romelu Lukaku – DR Congo v Belgium
Lukaku, signed by Chelsea from Anderlecht, is the son of Roger Lukaku, the former Zaire international. On the advice of his father, who often found international duty unrewarding, Romelu turned down overtures from Democratic Republic of Congo, as Zaire is now known as, to play instead for Belgium where he was born and grew up.
Sean Dundee – South Africa v Germany
The striker left South Africa at 19 to try his luck as a professional in Germany. Dundee had gained German c...