Leeds fans won’t be too used to seeing their players get called up for international duty at the moment. The club has been out of the top-flight for 15 years at the end of this season, the longest spell in their history. However, Leeds’ Bailey Peacock-Farrell is set to play for his country after choosing to represent Northern Ireland, despite interest from England.
Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell vows to stick with Northern Ireland after revealing England interest:https://t.co/RRdzDMdCtf
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 5, 2018
An article by Phil Hay of The Yorkshire Evening Post details how the ‘keeper has explained his loyalty to Northern Ireland and not to England, which is admirable from the youngster. At the age of just 21, it’s impressive to see that he’s been called up to the Northern Ireland squad, and his allegiance to the nation has been all but confirmed now he’s been picked as part of the 23 man squad for upcoming games against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel and the Republic of Ireland.
The youngster made his international debut against Panama back in a friendly in May and managed to pick up his first international clean sheet in the process as his side managed a 0-0 draw against the then soon-to-be World Cup nation. Now, though, it’s time for the small nation to try and qualify for the Euros with the UEFA Nations league upon us and their opening game against Bosnia on Saturday and Peacock-Farrell and co will be keen to get off to a flier.
You can read the Whites’ verdict on Peacock-Farrell’s decision here:
All hail the pic.twitter.com/7Iobdqcg8D
— Declan Benton (@DeccieBenton) September 5, 2018
He’ll be no 1 for Ni, makes sense really
— Ben Cain (@bensimoncain) September 5, 2018
I hope he chooses what’s right for his country of birth first, and his career second.
It’s a decision which shouldn’t be rushed
— TheScurvyCrøw (@CrowScurvy) 5 September 2018
Its great that England are sniffing around him but England have plenty of keepers, he should stick with NI, nigh on guaranteed regular international football.
— Horsforth White (@HorsforthWhite) September 5, 2018
Good on the lad
— Luke Antony Wroe (@luke_lufc_wroe) September 5, 2018
LOL he’s literally played about ten first team games and there are plenty of goalkeepers elligable for England anyway.
— Dave (@Dav_m160) 5 September 2018
Smart decision, we all want him to see him get international game time
— John (@campbelljaa) September 5, 2018
The fans are loving having an international ‘keeper between the sticks at Elland Road and will be desperate to see him continue improving the way he has been over the last few months.