George Baldock has confirmed his desire to play for Greece following his impressive ever-present first season in the Premier League with Sheffield United. The right-back was first targeted by Greece in January and is now completing the paperwork to represent the country of his grandmother’s birth. Playing international football would complete a remarkable rise for Baldock, who was playing non-League football on loan at Tamworth just eight years ago. Speaking on a video call from one of the Greek islands, where he was on holiday with his girlfriend, Baldock said: “I’d love to play international football, it would be a proud moment for my family and for myself to represent Greece. “My grandmother, who has passed away, was 100 per cent Greek, which made my dad half and me a quarter. I think I’m eligible and it would be amazing, a real proud moment, if it could happen. I’m hoping the paperwork can be signed off and it would be brilliant. I’d never turn it down.” Baldock has always felt a connection to Greece through his family and remembers his father celebrating the country’s shock 2004 European Championship success. “I’ve been to Greece loads, I am on one of the islands at the moment with my girlfriend having a nice chilled holiday,” the 27-year-old said. “I’ve been over to Greece as a child and my nan was really proud of her background. I want to play international football and it would be a great honour to represent Greece. “I remember Greece winning the Euros really fondly, I remember my dad jumping up and down in the kitchen. It was 2004, so I must have been 11. It was brilliant. It really put the Greek football team on the map. “It was quite similar to what we’ve got at Sheffield United in terms of the spirit. From a few years ago playing in League Two, playing in the Conference, to playing international football would be fantastic.” Just as Greece upset the international odds 16 years ago, Sheffield United and Baldock exceeded all expectations in their first season in the Premier League as they finished ninth, 20 points clear of relegation.
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