With the international development of youth players starting at such a young age, you often see the stars of tomorrow having to pick their international allegiance early on. With the rules on whom eligible for who extremely open, we live in a time where even the Boateng brothers play for two different countries.
Most recently the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Jack Grealish, and Adnan Januzaj have all had to make high-profile choices to where their international future lies. We would think that at a senior level when you represent your country, you stick with them? Right? But, here are six stars who have represented two different countries.
1.Florent Malouda: France & French Guiana
The former Chelsea winger is the latest addition to the two country club. Malouda represented French Guiana in a Concacaf Gold Cup match against Honduras that ended 0-0. With some confusion surrounding his in ineligibility, French Guiana look to be in some hot water and risk forfeiting the match for playing the 2012 Champions League winner. Malouda has represented France 80 times during his career, representing them at two World Cups and two European Championships. Now playing his football in the Indian Super League, Malouda has now made three appearances for French Guiana. Image Source: Twitter
2.Nacer Chadli: Belgium & Morocco
Born in Belgium, but of Moroccan decent, the West Brom winger accepted a call-up from Morocco in 2010, aged 21. Playing in a 1-1 draw vs Northern Ireland, the former Tottenham man was named Man Of The Match. On the 28th of January, Chadli declared his intentions to go on and represent Belgium. Under two weeks later, he made his first appearance for Belgium in a friendly VS Finland. The 27-year-old currently has 35 caps. Image Source: Twitter
3.Diego Costa: Spain & Brazil
Obviously, it wouldn't be Diego Costa without a little controversy. After making only two appearances for his native Brazil in March 2013, the soon to be former Chelsea striker decided only seven months later he wanted to jump ship. After being granted his Spanish citizenship, the 28-year-old declared his intentions to play for Spain. Costa has now made 16 appearances for Spain, including representing Spain at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It's fair to say he isn't popular in South America. Image Source: Twitter
4.Jermaine Jones: USA & Germany
Almost unrecognisable from his German call-up in 2008. Born in Frankfurt, the 35-year-old was eligible to represent both Germany and the USA due to his father being an American. Having represented Germany's U21s a handful of times, Jones made three appearances for Germany, including a friendly in 2008 against England. In October 2009, Jones was cleared by FIFA to represent USA, the holding midfielder has made 69 appearances including representing USA at the 2010 World Cup. Image Source: Twitter
5.Thiago Motta: Italy & Brazil
Over the past decade, the former Barcelona midfielder has spent time playing among Europe's elite. The 34-year-old has spent time with Atletico, Inter Millan, and PSG, where he has been since 2012. Over his career, Motta has one League titles in France, Italy, and Spain. Born in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. Motta made two appearances for Brazil in 2003. But, after not getting a call-up for eight years, the two-time Champions League winner accepted a call-up from Italy, he has currently made 30 appearances. Image Source: Twitter
6.Michel Platini: France & Kuwait
More of a random & retro one this time. The former three-time Ballon d’Or winner was given an eight-year ban from football in 2015 following the FIFA corruption scandal. But, during his glittering career, the France legend made 72 appearances for scoring 41 goals. However, after retiring from Juventus in 1987, Platini then made a single appearance for Kuwait during a 2-0 loss to the Soviet Union. Source Image: Twitter
Once upon a time, a young Ryan Giggs played for England at Wembley, who will be the next footballing superstar to swap their allegiance?
Best get checking them family trees, guys; who knows, there could be a Gibraltar call-up waiting!