FA Exploring Moussa Dembele’s England Eligibility
Posted by Jordan Clarke | Published on October 2, 2016
Despite a turbulent last two weeks within English football, the FA are reportedly looking into Celtic’s Moussa Dembele and whether they can attract the France-born forward to represent the Three Lions at international level.
Dembele, who was born in Pontoise, France, has recorded ten goals in eleven games for Celtic this season, including a dazzling performance in this week’s Champions League tie against Manchester City. The 20-year-old has attracted attention from both England and France, but Celtic’s number ten is expected to meet up with the France U21 team during the upcoming international break.
During his 67 day reign over the England national side, Sam Allardyce mentioned the idea of persuading foreign prospects to play for England in hope to compete with the big boys of the international level. Despite Big Sam’s exit, it seems the FA are carrying out the original plan, in their attempt to lure Dembele.
Dembele signed for Championship side Fulham at 16-years-old, and at 20 years of age, the forward would have completed the required five years of residence in the UK when he hits 21 in July next year. It’s easy to see why the FA would attempt to lure Dembele after his scintillating performances as of late, and with the influx of high-profile footballers in the Premier League, the shortage of young English talent is all too common.
The Celtic starlet scored two against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this week, with a shot accuracy of 100%. After England’s World Cup and Euro 2016 disappointments, the addition of Dembele along with the likes of Marcus Rashford, may give England that extra spark that has previously been missing.