Post by texan on Sept 25, 2017 9:58:39 GMT
However, with Brooks, he was given a clear choice between us and England just a couple of months ago and chose to turn us down and opt for England - presumably as he feels more English. Unless he's had some sort of life changing experience in the last couple of months, he probably identifies in the same way. Let's be honest, it's pretty clear the only reason e's now representing us is because he wasn't chosen by England and then went with his second preference.
Being completely cynical, I have no problem at all with him representing us because of our tiny player pool and he looks like a brilliant talent. However, as I said, it's understandable to question whether he really feels Welsh or whether he's just pissed off at being turned down by England.
He wasn't actually given a clear 50-50 choice however from what I understand.
It certainly looked that way from the outside, Wales announcing his call-up, him withdrawing and then 10 short mins later England announcing him in their squad. But behind the scenes he was in fact contacted by the English FA first and told to expect a call-up, which he/his agent officially accepted. By the time the Welsh call-up was brought to the table quite a few days later...and completely out of the blue...he'd already officially accepted the England one.
It could simply be that he honoured his original commitment rather than flip-flop, which is only fair and quite decent of him. As far as we know he perhaps secretly always wanted to go with Wales but never knew that it was even an option and, having already agreed to play for the English in Toulon, didn't want to let anyone down at the last minute once Wales declared an interest. And having had the summer to mull over things at his own leisure with the knowledge that Wales IS INDEED officially an option, his actual preference is to go red and he's now plumped for us.
It certainly bodes well however that he tasted life with England, won player of the tournament and a trophy with them and then STILL decided to switch to Wales! Even if he is simply tasting both camps however and is genuinely unsure, he deserves support whichever way he goes, he's just a kid.
As an aside, its impossible for me personally to even begin to imagine what it would be like to genuinely have split loyalties, have one parent passionate about England and the other passionate about Wales.