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    Leon Best

    What a joke...Nigel Worthington is attempting to persuade Leon Best in declaring for the North. Leon does not have any links to the country what so ever, the North wanted to rule changing, they went mad on the subject and now they have decided they want some of the Republic's players! Such a hypocritical attitude...Also, you're wasting your time! Guarentee you that!From SSN
    Coventry striker Leon Best is being chased by Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington to change his allegiance from Republic of Ireland.



    Best, who has enjoyed a fine season to date with Coventry, has represented Republic of Ireland at youth levels but is yet to make an appearance for the senior side.


    Worthington has been alerted to Best's possible eligibility to play for Northern Ireland and is thought to be sounding out a move for the former Southampton man.


    Best, who was the subject of interest from Ipswich and Nottingham Forest during the January transfer window, has scored six goals this season and his performances have caught the attention of Worthington.


    Premier League duo Blackburn and Birmingham are also thought to be keeping tabs on Best, while Championship hopefuls West Brom are weighing up a move for the 21-year-old if they secure promotion at the end of the season.

    Best says he is in the dark over interest from Worthington, but refused to rule out a switch of allegiance.


    In the dark
    "I have previously played for the Republic of Ireland at youth levels, but not the senior team," Best told skysports.com

    "My family come from Ireland and although I was born in England I feel very Irish.


    "I have not heard anything from either side.


    "I have heard the rumours about Northern Ireland, but I have heard nothing official."

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    He has been covered on here before and as far as i know didnt do himself any favours by taking time out to decide his international future and subsequently being named in the england under 21 squad (dont think he played) and in the fact that since then was named in under 19 and 21 ireland squads and not showing up for whatever reason

    on top of all this he has recently being quoted as saying that he cant understand why he hasn't been called up in recent squads
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    in fairness we cant be hypocritical if we were the ones that agreed on teh compromise....
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    Quote Originally Posted by paul_oshea View Post
    in fairness we cant be hypocritical if we were the ones that agreed on teh compromise....
    Was it not the IFA that were disappointed with the decision because we could steal their players?

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    I watched Leon Best play for Southampton regularly. This is a storm in a teacup. A red herring!! He will never be good enough to play senior international to a standard we expect from our national team but that is not the issue here I'm afraid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eirebhoy View Post
    Was it not the IFA that were disappointed with the decision because we could steal their players?
    yes it was, but I am on about us. we would be being hypocritical like them if we decided to start complaining now when we agreed on it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by paul_oshea View Post
    in fairness we cant be hypocritical if we were the ones that agreed on teh compromise....
    The North turned down that compromise did they not? Things were left as they were last I heard, no recepricol agreement, does he have a granny from the 6 counties by any chance?

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    I don't think Leon Best is eligible for them. But with Jamie O'Hara name also mentioned recently and now Leon Best's name, it will be interesting to see who else will be linked to the North in the future.

    It also sounds like the IFA is interpreting the "eligibility proposal" as the current, applicable rules. If so, it should be a few interesting months ahead of us.

    But if he's eligible and wants to play for the North - good luck to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ifk101 View Post
    I don't think Leon Best is eligible for them. But with Jamie O'Hara name also mentioned recently and now Leon Best's name, it will be interesting to see who else will be linked to the North in the future.
    I didn't realise O'Hara's name had been linked with the North. It doesn't matter anyway, since he's played a competitive U-21 international for England, he can't play for anyone else but England.
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    I'd be very surprised if Leon gave this a second look - even if he is eligible (which it looks like he isn't).

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    Trust, his mum wears the trousers and she won't let him...sure shanekerins went to primary school with him, he'd be able to tell you sure enough!!

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    Point of information, pls.

    On what basis does Best currently qualify for ROI? If it is via a parent/grandparent from the 26 counties, then I personally don't think NI should touch him, either on practical grounds (no real connection to NI) or on grounds of principle (i.e. our objection to FAI capping NI-born players without a parent/g'parent/residence in ROI)

    That said, if his parent/grandparent is actually from the 6 counties, then imo we should cap him immediately, even if he's crap!

    Also, isn't he already over 21? Wouldn't that disqualify him from "switching", regardless of where his dear oul granny hails from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EalingGreen View Post
    Point of information, pls.

    On what basis does Best currently qualify for ROI? If it is via a parent/grandparent from the 26 counties, then I personally don't think NI should touch him, either on practical grounds (no real connection to NI) or on grounds of principle (i.e. our objection to FAI capping NI-born players without a parent/g'parent/residence in ROI)
    All very fine to have these high sounding principles when in truth, under those circumstances, NI could not touch him as he would not be eligible.
    Does anybody up North understand the eligibility criteria?

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    His mother was born in Dublin

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    Quote Originally Posted by livehead1 View Post
    Trust, his mum wears the trousers and she won't let him...sure shanekerins went to primary school with him, he'd be able to tell you sure enough!!
    My Dad met his mum once or twice (sports days and such like) and always said she was very proud of being Irish, so I'm sure she bursts with pride to think of him playing for Ireland. Hopefully he will some day, would be a real thrill to think of someone myself and livehead1 had kickabouts with pulling on the green jersey.

    On a side note, About 2 years ago my Dad bumped into Leon in Nottingham and Leon came up to him (not the other way around) and chatted away for a few minutes. He hadn't seen him or me for several years and we were never close mates but I thought that showed real class. Really hope it works out for him.

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    I remember when he played for Vernon Colts against West Bridgford and he scored a goal from the half way line, 2 weeks later he was signed for County.

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    Did a bit of digging around....found proof that Leon Best did play a few official underage games for Republic of Ireland:
    U17 qualifers against France & Germany in 2002:

    http://www.uefa.com/competitions/und...550/index.html
    http://www.uefa.com/competitions/und...551/index.html

    If thats the case he cannot switch now.
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    Yeh we've been following him on here. He played for us at a few underage levels. Then he was reported to be maybe changing allegiance and pulled out of a few Ireland squads. He was called into the England U20 squad but was injured so we don't know if he'd have accepted it. He was then called up to our U21s. I think he might have pulled out through injury.

    Anyway, as Metrostars, he's now stuck with us.

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    not a chance of this happening....... know leon personally, hes from bluebell, strong links to dublin there wouldnt be a hope of that happening. if anything the quotes with ssn made it seem as if he was oblivious to the whole situation

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    a better question is why hasnt he been called up to the U-21 squad... know hes good mates with alot of the players on the team particularily darren randolph and mark yeates

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