Former Arsenal midfielder Daniel Crowley has confirmed a request to transfer his international allegiance to Ireland.
Born in Coventry, but of an Irish persuasion, Crowley has represented both the Republic of Ireland and England at U-16 and U-17 levels. He went on to play for England U-19s in 2015 but left Arsenal in 2017 after a series of loan spells.
Per the Irish Examiner, the Willem II midfielder has instructed the FAI to process the transfer.
“Ireland was always the team I supported at international level. I was young at the time but I remember crying my eyes out when Spain won that penalty shoot-out at the 2002 World Cup.
“England is a country I love because I grew up there and my friends live there. But I never owned an England kit."
Crowley qualifies through his grandparents. In an interview with UK media last November, he was strongly critical of England's underage set-up: "You are not allowed an opinion for England. If you do you are seen to have a bad attitude," he told the Daily Telegraph.
The 21-year-old and his father did hold discussions with former Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and as soon as his transfer is complete he will be available to current boss Mick McCarthy.