The English Football Association has reportedly made an inquiry about English-born Zimbabwean footballer, MaCauley Bonne, with an aim of including him in their developmental sides, it has emerged.
By SportBrief Reporter
The English Football Association has inquired of Zimbabwean footballer McCauley Boone, but the player has shot down their advances by committing to playing for the Warriors.
The English FA is well known for incorporating foreign born talent into their team setup, having claimed the likes of Raheem Sterling who was born in Kingston, Jamaica but opted to turn up for the Three Lions.
The Zimbabwean-born Boone appeared to be the latest talent on the English FA’s radar, but the Leyton Orient forward has since outlined his desire to don the Warriors colours.
Zimbabwe national team manager Wellington Mpandare confirmed the approach, adding that the English FA indeed wrote to ZIFA to inquire if Bonne has a senior national team cap, as that would make him ineligible to play for the Three Lions.
“We received an inquiry from the English FA, who wanted to find out if Bonne has a full national team cap. Apparently, they want to pick him for one of their developmental teams, which I understand is a third string side for the senior English team,” Mpandare revealed.
The Warriors manager also reassured the nation that Boone had committed to playing for the Zimbabwe national team while adding that Nottingham Forest’s Tendai Darikwa and Celtic starlet Kundai Benyu had also devoted themselves to the Warriors cause.
“Darikwa and Benyu have recommitted to playing for us in the future. They have been committed for a while, but their presence in the team is the coach’s choice, so Zimbabweans must know that they have not been seen in a Warriors’ strip because they have not been called up for tactical reasons, not because they don’t want to play for Zimbabwe,”