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German Player Rejects Switch To African Nation

A German-born Bundesliga player has rejected the chance to switch allegiance to an African country and represent them at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Click through the gallery to see brothers, who represented different countries.

Augsburg midfielder Rani Khedira, who is the younger sibling of Germany international Sami Khedira, was approached by the Tunisian Football Federation (FTF), but decided against switching allegiances.

The 24-year-old was born in Stuttgart to a Tunisian father and German mother. He represented his birth country at youth level and would have been eligible to switch allegiances at senior level.

"I'm proud that Tunisia considered me, but I was born in Germany and only speak German. That was the deciding factor," Rani Khedira told Augsburg’s official website.

"It was a long process. My Dad is a proud Tunisian. I carry both countries in my heart and wish them both well. It's the right decision, though."

The Khedira brothers wouldn’t have been the first siblings to represent different nations, but Rani insisted that the idea of taking someone more deserving’s World Cup place away was part of his thoughtprocess as well.

"I don't think it's fair I take the place of players who have worked their socks off for the last two years to reach the World Cup, either," he added, as quoted by BBC.

Read: 10 Africans Who Could Still Move After Window Closed

Tunisia have been drawn in Group G at the World Cup in Russia, alonside Belgium, England and Panama.

Do you think more African nations should approach players with African heritage? Have your say in the comments section below.

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