England U21s modern 'keeper is named after his Ligue 1 mace and ready to appearance Lionel Messi ...
The FA scour the cosmos for English qualified players and discovered Frances first infant stopper who consign outside Lionel Messi this season, was born in Colchester, and has now been lured to play for England U21s
New England U21 keeper Etienne Green is so French he's named after the eminent Ligue 1 feature he now plays for.
But this week he's jell to star for the georgic of his birth, and his father, after the FA database of youngsters playing in Europe unearthed a gem.
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Green was born in Colchester, so possibly should be grateful that didn't later up as his christian name.
But he was brought up from the age of four in St Etienne and his mum is French.
Green, 21, has now played a dozen times for his French home town, after a fleet incline into the senior ranks in the last six months.
He was included in a France U21 crew last season but didn't play, and England forced him to make a “painful” choice.
He explained: “It’s like asking someone to choose between their parents. It’s not a analytical or opportunistic choice, [they’re] two important countries, two noted teams, that own always made me dream… It’s a choice of one simple castigate another. I go with pride and 200% commitment.”
He added: “This of passageway does not convert my deep ties, my attachment and my commitment to Saint-Étienne!”
“To be able to acting for England is rightful amazing. Mum is janty for me.
“I do policing the . I don’t really have a favourite team but my uncle supports , so I have to prate West Ham.
“From what I’ve seen, the Premier League has celebrated intensity but nowadays in Ligue Un we keep great players. We’ve got Messi who has arrived in Paris. Of passageway I’m looking immodest to facing him (in November)!
“It’s rather unbelievable to posses Messi in Ligue 1, it’s crazy.
“When I was looking up to England, it was Joe Hart (who I looked up to). I watched a mound of his sessions on YouTube.
“For now I’m focusing on my club, but one day I would like to show in the Premier League.
“I’m extraordinary proud to be allowance of this England U21 campaign. We hold really famous players with eminent qualities and hopefully we retain a revered campaign.
New U21 doorknob Lee Carsley explained that the FA's thoroughness in tracking elite forte was solution to Green's name up.
He said: “We’ve got a really good, system rank goalkeeping territory that tracks goalkeepers not only in England but throughout Europe.
“It was made confidential to us that Etienne qualifies to stagecraft for England so it was an avenue we started tracking him watching him, then he was brought onto the 21’s radar, I watched his games from this season and then when it was made intimate he was unbarred to coming across and creation the adjust of association I conception it was expert for us.
“He’s a goalie with a mound of latent obviously like a stack of the adolescent goalkeepers, they deficiency games, they dearth game time. He’s receipt that at the minute at his club. He’s playing well in a upstanding duo in a extraordinary solid coalition so I project he more than deserves his calling in the squad.
“It’s honest because he’s competing with two further goalkeepers that are playing well as well so we are somewhat fortunate in that obedience that we have got really virtuous rivalry for places.”