Friday 22 February 2019

'He said he's completely Irish' - Former Ireland international claims English FA tried to nab his son

Calum Kavanagh with his father and former Republic of Ireland international Graham Kavanagh
Calum Kavanagh with his father and former Republic of Ireland international Graham Kavanagh

Aidan Fitzmaurice

FORMER Ireland midfielder Graham Kavanagh has revealed how the English FA have targeted his own son, an Irish youth international, in their bid to land dual-eligibility players such as Declan Rice.

But Kavanagh, who feels that the FAI should end their interest in Rice following his decision to withdraw from the squad for next week’s competitive international in Wales, says there’s no way his son, Middlesbrough forward Calum, will play for England.

“My son was asked to represent England but there was no chance. He said he’s completely Irish,” Kavanagh said of Calum, who made his debut for the Irish U15s earlier this year.

“The fact that Declan Rice has played for Ireland and the way his career has developed, England came calling. You know who you are and where you are from from an early age.

“It was never a case of my son considering playing for England. They approached the club and asked if he’d play, straight away we said no.

“If Calum doesn’t play for Ireland he won’t play for anyone else, he’s not going to hedge his bets, he knows he is Irish, he has been over to play for the Irish youth team four times, he can’t wait to get over."

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