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Bailey for England?

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JAMAICAN soccer sensation Leon Bailey could follow in the footsteps of compatriots John Barnes and Raheem Sterling and wear the England shirt.

Bailey signed for present employers Leverkusen from Genk on the nal day of the January 2017 transfer window after two years in Belgium.


The winger has caught the eye of some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs and reports now suggest that the The Football Association (FA) are aware that Bailey quali es for the Three Lions as two of his grand-parents hold British passports.

The 22-year-old is eligible to play for a number of countries. He has played for Jamaica’s Under-23 team and could also represent Belgium and Malta.

Bailey – who has been scouted extensively by Manchester United, Liverpool and Spurs – is said to be on the radar of England’s recruitment team. If the FA move develops it would be a late and positive boost for the player and World Cup bound England. The shock revelation could give boss Gareth Southgate a massive shot-in-the-arm going into the nals in Russia in three months’ time.


As yet Bailey, said to be worth over £70 million on the transfer market due to his outstanding Bundesliga displays, is yet to decide his international allegiance. Sources close to his team have
said it would be ‘hard for him to turn down’ the chance if Southgate made an of cial approach.


At the moment, neither side has shown their hand but Bailey would certainly offer a realistic option, particularly up front.

Speaking to Bild earlier this year, Kingston- born Bailey refused to pledge his international future to Jamaica: “It’s been like that for years, but my opinion hasn’t changed and people have to accept. Which country I play for is still open.”

Barnes won 79 caps for the Three Lions while Sterling currently has 35.

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