10 Players who represented 2 countries


In the wake of Karim Benzema expressing interest in switch his international allegiance to Algeria, here are 10 stars who represented two nations.

Benzema's exile from the France national team dates back to 2015 when he was involved in a controversial incident with then-teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

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Despite his impressive form for Real Madrid since a potential return to Les Blues has been ruled out by France Football Federation president Noel La Graet.

The former Olympique Lyon forward took to Twitter to state he will seek to represent another nation, which comes with complications having represented the European nation in competitive fixtures.

However, it's been reported he could take the legal route and appeal to FIFA over a possible switch due to the international exile not being based on his level of performances.

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If the prolific marksman becomes available by renouncing his French citizenship, he would join the likes of Diego Costa, Thiago Motta and Mario Fernandes - all of whom were born in Brazil but represented European nations after earning caps for the South American giants.

Former Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha featured for England twice before opting for Ivory Coast, despite calls from The Three Lions to return to the squad.

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Nacer Chadli, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Mahdi Carcela-Gonzales are the other star players who turned their back on Europe for Africa, for Morocco and the Central African Republic respectively.

Alex Bruce, the son of Manchester United legend Steve Bruce, was another unique case as he played for The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

While a more recent case is Declan Rice, who turned his back of Ireland for England despite being tipped as a future captain and featuring twice for the senior team in friendlies.