According to media reports, Bayer Leverkusen starlet Leon Bailey is eligible to play for England. The 20-year-old Jamaican under-23 has two grandparents who have British passports.
That means that Bailey could be in line for a shock call-up to the Three Lions squad, with talk of the highly-rated youngster being part of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad this summer in Russia.
There has been no indication of whether Bailey would welcome any approach from the English FA about a call-up. However, he is yet to play for the Jamaican national side due to a grievance earlier in his career.
He has refused any attempt of a call-up for the Reggae Boys. He has however featured for the country’s under-23 side, which would not prevent the youngster from switching allegiances in the future.
Bailey would no doubt be a highly attractive option for England boss Gareth Southgate. The youngster who can play out wide or through the centre of attack has been highly impressive for Bayer Leverkusen this season, scoring nine times in the Bundesliga and picking up five assists. The youngster has also scored twice in the German Cup.
The forward’s recent performances have reportedly attracted the attention of some of the Premier League’s big boys, such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham.
There is speculation that Bayer Leverkusen would be prepared to part with the winger this summer for a fee in the region of £75million. Bright displays at the World Cup would only increase the chance of Bailey heading to the Premier League this summer.
The Three Lions have a real lack of wide forwards in their squad, especially with a left foot. The youngster could provide a solution to that problem, even if he was born in Kingston Jamaica and not Kingston upon Thames.
Will Leon Bailey be in this summer’s England squad?