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Bailey Peacock-Farrell turned down England chance

Bailey Peacock-Farrell turned down England chance

One of Leeds United’s brightest prospects has revealed that he turned down the opportunity to represent England.

According to a report by the Yorkshire Post, Bailey Peacock-Farrell has stated that he chose to play for Northern Ireland over the Three Lions and wants to remain loyal to them.

The young goalkeeper, who has been impressing at Elland Road and keeping Jamal Blackman out of the side, made his debut for Michael O’Niell’s side in June in a friendly against Panama.

The 21-year-old revealed that he has been contacted by the goalkeeping coaches at England, including as recently as the other week, but reaffirmed his desire to keep for Northern Ireland.

“I’ve held several chats with the England goalkeeping coaches,” he revealed to the Yorkshire Post.

“One rang me the other week in fact, but I’m loyal to Northern Ireland.

“They got in really early and made me feel wanted. At the time when I met Michael I was a nobody, I was just a young keeper.

“But for him to take that time out of his day to come and chat to me, and tell me about Northern Ireland, the pathway and what we’re planning on doing as a country, for me that was special.”

The Verdict:

Peacock-Farrell is thought of very highly at Leeds and looks ready to establish himself as the number one at Elland Road this season, despite the arrival of Blackman from Chelsea on a season-long loan.

It is thought that it will not be too long before he inherits the starting spot for his country too with his performances for the Championship leaders, which will put to bed the chances of turning out for England in the future.

However, with the Three Lions having been in contact with the 21-year-old, it shows how highly thought off in the game he is and Leeds will be looking forward to the future with him.

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