Five international footballers that snubbed representing the USA
Tennessee-born Blackburn Rovers full back Adam Henley, 20, was recently called up to the Wales (11/4 chances with Coral to win) senior squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel (odds-on favourites at 4/5).
Henley’s accepted invitation indicates that he has snubbed the land of his birth, if he features in the match, in favour of the land of his mother. That got Coral writers thinking, so we have found five other current or past internationals that have also chosen against representing the Stars and Stripes.
Former Fulham and current Crystal Palace giant centre back Hangeland was born in the USA – Houston, Texas to be exact – as his Norwegian parents spent two years out there.
However, Hangeland went on to represent the Scandinavians (6/1 to beat Croatia in their upcoming Euro qualifier), earning 91 caps before retiring from international duty in 2014.
Bosnia and Herzegovina frontman Ibisevic, who netted against Argentina at the 2014 World Cup, admitted he would’ve represented the USA if approached. His family left his home country before moving to Switzerland and then St. Louis as a teenager, where he stayed for four years.
“I have a green card and my sister is a citizen. But I never had anybody coming up to me asking me, nothing really,” Ibisevic said.
“At the time I would have considered it, I really liked the whole situation with St. Louis, and probably if someone would have approached me I probably would have played for the USA national team.”
Like Henley, West Bromwich Albion keeper Myhill opted against the country of his birth (USA) in favour of Wales, where he grew up. He managed 19 caps for the Dragons before decoding to concentrate of his club career with the Baggies, where he is understudy to currently injured Ben Foster.
Fiorentina forward Rossi was born and raised in New Jersey, USA, until the age of 12, but again decided to go with his roots, his parents were Italian immigrants, and represent the Azzurri.
The 28-year-old former Manchester United striker has been a prolific scorer in Spain and Italy, but injuries has meant he made just 30 caps to date. He has not been called up to his nation’s latest squad against Bulgaria and then England, but they are odds-on at 4/5 to win the match in Eastern Europe without him.
The Borussia Dortmund defender is the only one on this list to have represented the USA at any level, as he played for their Under-17 and 20s sides.
Subotic was born in former Yugoslavia (now Bosnia), but his family emigrated to the USA when he was 10 years old, and he gained citizenship.
It is said that he seriously considered playing for the senior Stars and Stripes side, but a fallout with then national Under-20 head coach forced him to turn out for Serbia (9/2 to beat Portugal), for whom he has represented on 36 occasions.