England are set to play a historic Euro 2020 final on Sunday after a tournament where the team has been hailed as a “celebration of diversity”.
More than half of Gareth SouthgateThe army’s 26-man squad has at least one parent or grandparent born outside the UK, according to the Migration Museum.
Of the 11 players who started for England in their thrilling semi-final win over Denmark on Wednesday, a total of seven have a parent or grandparent from overseas.
Many, if not all, of those players will start when the Three Lions face Italy at Wembley on Sunday.
Here we take a look at these footballers and their relationships abroad.
Raheem Sterling (Jamaica)
Sterling has been one of England’s most powerful offensive threats in this tournament, scoring important goals against Germany, the Czech Republic and Croatia.
But the 26-year-old was actually born in Jamaica before moving to England after his father was murdered at the age of two. A decision that Sterling says shaped his entire life.
Sterling’s legacy means he could have chosen to play for Jamaica – but luckily he didn’t.
Bukayo Saka (Nigeria)
Saka earned a starting place in the squad that faced Denmark after a series of impressive performances in the tournament.
His fearlessness in possession and ability to shake things up means he helped create goals against Denmark and the Czech Republic
The 19-year-old from London could have chosen to play for Nigeria as both his parents are from there.
Harry Kane (Republic of Ireland)
Kane led the line for England in this tournament and is our top scorer – the highlight being his all-important goal against Denmark.
However, Kane’s father is from County Galway –…
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This notice was published: 2021-07-09 11:05:00