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Chopra eager to play for India

Mumbai: Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra is ready to surrender his British passport to represent the country of his origin, India, and realise his dream of playing senior-level international soccer.

The 30-year-old, whose grandparents moved to England from Jalandhar in Punjab in the 1950s, has represented England at the age-group tournaments. He was approached by the AIFF in the past to play for the national team but things did not work out.

Chopra qualifies to play for India due to his parentage as per Fifa rules but government regulations in India allow only a person holding a valid passport to represent the national team.

“I was going to play for them four years ago. But at that time I was too young to give up my British passport. But now I plan to move to India and give up my British citizenship and get an Indian passport to play for the national team and take them forward,” he said.

(Reuters)