Football quiz: unexpected international call-ups

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  1. Which country did Owen Hargreaves represent first in his career (at Under-19 level)?

    1. England

    2. Canada

    3. Germany

    4. Wales

  2. Which striker turned down England overtures from Sven-Göran Eriksson, later saying “the idea of not playing well for England and having to put up with insults did not appeal”?

    1. Louis Saha

    2. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

    3. Sylvain Wiltord

    4. Mark Viduka

  3. Luis Monti was born in Buenos Aires and played for Argentina in the first World Cup final in 1930. What was he doing come the second World Cup final in 1934?

    1. He was the president of Uruguay, the country of his birth

    2. He was the Brazil manager, leading his team out against Argentina

    3. He was in the Italy team that won the final

    4. He had retired from football to play rugby union for England

  4. Blackburn forward Ben Brereton Díaz has become a fan favourite after earning a call-up for the Chile national team. What nickname have supporters given the centre-forward?

    1. Benigol

    2. El Loco

    3. Big Ben

    4. Alan Shearer

  5. In 1999, Millwall player Marc Bircham scored an international goal for a country he had never visited. Which country?

    1. Northern Ireland

    2. Trinidad and Tobago

    3. Canada

    4. New Zealand

  6. Only five of Burnley’s Premier League squad are from outside the British Isles – but which Clarets player was capped by Austria at under-20 level?

    1. Nick Pope

    2. James Tarkowski

    3. Jay Rodriguez

    4. Ashley Barnes

  7. Chris Birchall was born in Staffordshire and joined Port Vale at the age of eight. He was playing in a League One match for the club when Wrexham defender Dennis Lawrence walked over to him and asked him if he would like to play international football for which country?

    1. Trinidad and Tobago

    2. Jamaica

    3. New Zealand

    4. Thailand

  8. Which of these countries did the great Alfredo Di Stéfano not play for?

    1. Brazil

    2. Argentina

    3. Colombia

    4. Spain

  9. How many times did Declan Rice play for Republic of Ireland before he switched allegiances to England?

    1. None, just the Under-21s

    2. One

    3. Three

    4. Six

  10. Michel Platini scored 41 goals in 72 games for France, winning Euro 84 along the way. For which country did he play his final game in international football, in 1988?

    1. Algeria

    2. Ivory Coast

    3. Qatar

    4. Kuwait

  11. England did not qualify for Euro 2008. Which footballer, who was born in England, played in the semi-finals of the tournament?

    1. Muzzy Izzet

    2. Simone Perrotta

    3. Colin Kazim-Richards

    4. Jeff Whitley

Solutions

1:D - His mother was born in Rhyl so, when asked if he would like to represent Wales at youth level, Hargreaves agreed. In an unusually candid interview at the time he said: “I play for Bayern Munich in Germany, so I chose Wales because it’s in Europe and I didn’t have to fly all the way home to Canada so it’s definitely a better decision for me. I’m never in Canada so Wales is my home now.”, 2:A - In his autobiography, Saha revealed that Eriksson tried to persuade him to switch international allegiances while he was at Fulham. The striker was eventually capped by France in 2004., 3:C - Monti is the only footballer in history to have played in two World Cup finals for two different countries. He also scored played and scored in the 1928 Olympics football final (for Argentina). , 4:C - The Stoke-born striker has taken on his Chilean mother’s maiden name and scored three goals in eight appearances for La Roja., 5:C - London-born Bircham qualified for Canada through his grandfather, and scored on his debut against Northern Ireland in Belfast back in 1999. “I’ve never been to Canada but I’ve seen where it is on the map,” he said afterwards. , 6:D - Barnes, whose grandmother was born in Klagenfurt, caught the eye of Austrian scouts during a pre-season tour with Plymouth in 2008. He made one appearance in a friendly, but was not picked again. The Bath-born forward applied for Austrian citizenship in 2018, but was unsuccessful., 7:A - Birchall took up the offer and went on to play for Trinidad and Tobago at the World Cup in 2006. Playing on the global stage helped him earn a big move to Coventry City that summer. , 8:A - Not only did Di Stéfano play for Colombia, Argentina and Spain, but he also won league titles in each of those countries – as well as five European Cups while at Real Madrid., 9:C - Rice played for the Republic of Ireland at Under-16, Under-17, Under-19, Under-21 and senior levels before declaring for England. Those three senior games were friendlies so he was still able to choose England., 10:D - Platini came out of retirement in November 1988 to play for Kuwait in a friendly against the Soviet Union. It was the last match of his career. , 11:C - Kazim-Richards grew up in east London but was eligible to play for Turkey through his Turkish Cypriot mother.

Scores

  1. 1 and above.

    Oh dear. You won't be representing anyone at anything any time soon

  2. 2 and above.

    Oh dear. You won't be representing anyone at anything any time soon

  3. 3 and above.

    Oh dear. You won't be representing anyone at anything any time soon

  4. 4 and above.

    Oh dear. You won't be representing anyone at anything any time soon

  5. 5 and above.

    Oh dear. You won't be representing anyone at anything any time soon

  6. 6 and above.

    Nice work

  7. 7 and above.

    Nice work

  8. 8 and above.

    What a score! You could represent any country you wanted

  9. 9 and above.

    What a score! You could represent any country you wanted

  10. 11 and above.

    What a score! You could represent any country you wanted

  11. 0 and above.

    Oh dear. You won't be representing anyone at anything any time soon

  12. 10 and above.

    What a score! You could represent any country you wanted

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