Roy Hodgson has been told Liverpool’s Portuguese defender Tiago Ilori can play for England.
Former Northern Ireland striker Gerry Armstrong, now a respected analyst on Spanish football, has told the FA’s top brass Ilori is available because he was born in north London.
His father is Nigerian and lived in Manchester before moving to Kentish Town where Ilori was born. His mum is Portuguese.
Armstrong said: “His dad Kola came to England and lived in north London for a few years and that is where Tiago was born – which qualifies him.
“I recommended him to several English clubs but he interested Barcelona, Monaco and Bayern too.
“He signed for Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers is convinced he has a bright future at the club.
“If that happens quickly, Roy will get a chance to see if he should try to get him into the England set-up. He played for Portugal’s Under 20s but he can still play for England if he wants to.”