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Ex-EPL Player Switches Allegiance To Zim

A former Premier League player, who represented England at U17, U18, U19 and U21 levels, has switched his international allegiance to Zimbabwe after previously snubbing an approach from the African nation.

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Brendan Galloway, who was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, confirmed over the weekend that he is ready to don the Warriors shirt.

The 25-year-old was on the books of Everton between 2014 and 2019, making 17 Premier League appearances for the Toffees before joining Championship side Luton Town on a free transfer two years ago.

He moved to England when he was just six years old and represented the European nation at various youth levels, but reject an approach from Zimbabwe in 2016 to play for them at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

However, he is now ready to feature for his country of birth, Team Zimbabwe UK chief executive Marshal Gore told The Herald.

"We spoke at length on Saturday when we were assisting him to renew his Zimbabwean passport at the Embassy," he explained.

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"He said he is now mature enough to realise he wants to play for his country.

"His coach at Everton, Roberto Martínez, brought him in as a cover defender, so he was under pressure to deliver, as cover for those players who would be injured, or gone for international duties and returned not fit enough.

"So, it was difficult for him, at that time, to commit to the national team as he also had the pressure of trying to make it at Everton. He wanted to secure his future first.

"There was also the influence from his family, he comes from a big family, and the rest of the family is still in Zimbabwe, and are so excited about him playing for his country.

"His grandmother is there. He was born in Zimbabwe and attended St Michael's Primary before he left for UK."

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