West Ham striker finally gets to start his international career as he gives up on his country of birth

We’ve seen a big change in international football where a lot of players are eligible for multiple countries, so it makes sense that many won’t start their international careers until they are well into their 20’s.

It tends to be the case that they are holding out for a call up to one of the elite teams, but they will then accept a call up from someone else once it’s clear that it’s not going to happen.

This is now the case with West Ham striker Sebastien Haller, with confirmation coming through that he’s accepted a call up from the Ivory Coast:

Haller was born in France and even played for the U21 side 20 times, but the manager loves Olivier Giroud and it seems he was just never going to get a chance.

There’s no shame in not breaking into the French setup as they are world champions, but his Mother is Ivorian and he’s now expected to play for them instead.

He’s not the only Frenchman to make that choice this month with Wolves defender Willy Boly also changing his allegiance, so it will be interesting to see how they fare at international level.

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