Four English-born stars who play for other nations as Matty Cash makes Poland debut

England squad for Albania and San Marino World Cup qualifiers

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Aston Villa star Matty Cash raised eyebrows after switching international allegiances to Poland recently, qualifying through his mother’s side of the family. Despite never setting foot in the country by his own admission, the right-back featured in the Eagles’ 4-1 triumph over Andorra on Friday evening. Although a rare occurence, Cash’s situation is not a complete one-off, and Express Sport looks at four other English-born stars who play for other nations: 

Erling Haaland

With Harry Kane steaming towards England’s international goals record after his hat-trick against Albania, there are not many who could keep him out of the side. 

The 21-year-old Borussia Dortmund sensation is someone who could though, and in his short international career he has already yielded 12 goals for Norway. 

That is where he and his family moved when he was just 3-years-old, although he spent the first few years of his life in Leeds, where his father Alf-Inge was a Premier League footballer. 

Although Kane is no slouch himself, lord only knows the ferocity of England’s front-line if Gareth Southgate had the 6ft 4in goal-machine at his disposal. 

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Michail Antonio

Cutting his teeth as a Championship winger with the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest, Antonio’s rise to prominence has been immense. 

Now into his seventh season with West Ham, the Wandsworth-born extraordinaire is a specialised striker and has been well amongst the goals over the past few seasons. 

Strangely enough, Antonio was previously included in two separate England squads under Sam Allardyce and Gareth Southgate, although he never saw the pitch. 

That left him with the opportunity to represent Jamaica after they approached him earlier this year, and he notched his first goal against El Salvador on Friday night. 

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Scott McTominay

Just by the name, it seems fairly obvious that the Manchester United midfielder boasts Scottish heritage of some description. 

The 24-year-old was actually born in Lancaster, although he qualifies for the Scottish national team via his father. 

Now a nailed-on regular under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, McTominay is also one of the first names on the team sheet under Steve Clarke where he has also been used as a central defender. 

That kind of versatility is generally viewed favourably by Southgate too, with the likes of Kyle Walker and Bukayo Saka used in a variety of roles. 

Giovanni Reyna

Still just 19-years-old, it remains to be seen just how much of a miss Reyna will be for the Three Lions. 

Born in Sunderland to former Premier League footballer Claudio Reyna, Giovanni relocated to the USA when he was five, and he has represented them at various youth levels. 

Although still in his teens, the attacking-midfielder has already notched close to 70 appearances for Borussia Dortmund, where he and Haaland remind England what they could have had. 

The only consolation for Southgate and co. may be the catalogue of talented youngsters in Reyna’s position, although it appears that the sky is the limit for the Dortmund star. 

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