While Erling Haaland did not strictly ‘snub’ England, the powerful striking sensation would have been eligible for the Three Lions before he made his senior bow for Norway in 2019. The son of former Manchester City and Leeds midfielder Alf Inge Haaland, the striker was born in Leeds in 2000 and lived in England for just under four years of his life.
Haaland was integrated within the Norway youth set-up from U15 level on and Gareth Southgate believes that a switch was never realistic.
“We recruit early, but we wouldn’t have been into him when he was still in Yorkshire, that’s for sure,” said the England boss. “We’re always trying to monitor those cases, but I think in that instance he was tied up pretty early by Norway and I think also, with players like him, they’re quite clear where they want to play as well.
“He feels that allegiance to the country that he’s playing for now and you’re always very respectful of that.”