Another young England star switches allegiance after pathway blocked to the senior team.
You’d assume that anyone with even a remote connection to England would be thrilled with how Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions have ended the 2022–23 campaign after a 7–0 victory over North Macedonia.
Some players, meanwhile, won’t likely be surprised by the news because they weren’t allowed to join the senior team in the first place.
Folarin Balogun decided to go from England to the United States Men’s National Team not too long ago, and after winning a trophy on his second outing, he’ll likely feel that his decision was justified.
Everton star Demarai Gray is the most recent to declare that he can’t wait for Southgate to contact him.
Exciting in possession as he is, the player, who has turned out for England’s U21 side in the past, has never really come close to making inroads into the senior side.
Effectively, his pathway has been blocked, though it’s not really been intentional from Southgate, more because he has an embarrassment of riches at the moment and needs to pick his team. It just so happens that Gray doesn’t feature.
That has seen Gray decide to switch his allegiance to Jamaica according to The Athletic (subscription required).
As the article states, West Ham’s Michail Antonio and Aston Villa’s Leon Bailey already form part of an exciting attack, and Gray will complement that.
England’s pain is evidently Jamaica’s gain.