5 Players Who Played For More Than One Country


Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha will walk out at the Friends Arena in Stockholm in an England tracksuit and could make his senior debut tonight.

But as it's only a friendly, the 20-year-old winger could still choose to play for the Ivory Coast and has had Dider Drogba on the phone trying to persuade him to switch allegencies.

If he did, he wouldn't be the first player to be capped by more than one country. Here's some of the best precedents...

5. Jock Aird

FIFA laws on playing for national sides were loose - very loose - for years, freely allowing players to turn out for a country after having already played for another. They have, in recent years, become far more stringent. But back in the '40s, '50s and '60s it was all the rage.

Take John "Jock" Aird. Clearly a Scottish man, Aird was called up to the Scottish squad for the 1954 World Cup and played in both their matches (which they lost).

But a few years later he emigrated to New Zealand and was selected for their national side, even scoring against great rivals Australia. Bet that made him popular. 


4. James (Joe) Kennaway

No-one hates Canadians. They are the most liked nation in the world. But in 1933, Scottish football big wigs were not so keen on Montreal-born Joe Kennaway turning out for the Tartan Army.

The big goalkeeper was playing for Celtic at the time, and represented Scotland's national team against Austria. However, soon there was an outcry, as news emerged that he'd already turned out for is native Canada against the US a few years previously. He never featured for Scotland again. 

3. Luisito Monti, Enrique Guaita & Raimondo Orsi

Those cheeky Italians. Thanks to loose pre-war nationality laws, the Azzurri were able to borrow players from South America and at the 1934 World Cup had three Argentinians in their ranks - Luisito Monti, Enrique Guaita,  Raimondo Orsi - who had already played for their native country in the previous 1930 tournament. 

"If they can die for Italy," said Italy coach Vittorio Pozzo. "They can play for Italy!" Fair point, but when the trio were called up for national service in 1935 they were caught sneaking over the border to Switzerland. 

2. Alfredo di Stefano

The mercurial Real Madrid star was something a 'rent-a-player' at international level, turning out for Argentina, Colombia and Spain. A players' strike in his native Argentina prompted a move across the border to Columbia, where he then played four international games (although FIFA refuses to recognise them because they and Columbia were having a tiff at the time).

A move to Europe followed where he achieved shedloads of glory with Real, and was later called up to the Spain squad for the 1962 World Cup.


1. Ferenc Puskas

Another Real Madrid star who played for his adopted home nation of Spain, The Galloping Major had already made his name representing his actual place of birth: Hungary.

While playing for club side Honved in 1956 in Bilbao, Puskas decided he liked the place so much he'd defect and chose to play for Spain, along with team-mates Sandor Kocsis and Zoltán Czibor.

If only Lionel Messi would fall in love with Doncaster.