Former Arsenal youngster Dan Crowley is planning to pick the Republic of Ireland national team over England, and he explained why in an interview earlier this week.
As a younger player, Crowley appeared for various England youth teams, making 23 appearances for the u16s, u17s and u19s compared to just two appearances for the Republic of Ireland u17s.
However, having an Irish grandfather and spending his childhood summers in Ireland, Crowley says he feels more Irish now.
“When I have gone away with England, I have never felt like it was me,” he told Tuesday’s edition of The Daily Telegraph. “You are not allowed an opinion for England. If you do, you are seen to have a bad attitude.”
The 21-year-old didn’t deny he was grateful for the opportunity England had given him as a young player, but it seems he’s not waiting on a call from Gareth Southgate anymore.
Crowley is finally starting to have an impact in senior football this year, impressing for Willem II in the Eredivisie. He has three goals and six assists in his first 14 appearances of the season, and he’s started every single match of their campaign so far.
It’s a big turnaround for the player after last year. In 2017/18, he struggled to get into the Willem team and ended up going on loan to second-tier Dutch side SC Cambuur-Leeuwarden. Scoring four goals and assisting six in the second half of the season, he clearly won his parent club over, and he’s now pretty much undroppable.
We’ll see if that kind of form earns him a national call-up anytime in the near future.