The Bayer Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey has today ended all speculation about his international future by accepting a call-up to the Jamaica squad, after various reports of 20-year-old allegedly holding out for a call-up by The Three Lions (England).
Earlier this year, Bailey’s adopted father Craig Butler had fueled rumours that he would opt for either Germany or England , when he told Goal;
“Leon and his brother have received invitations to join Jamaica’s national team. I love my country and so do my boys. Unfortunately, my sons both declined the offer at this time
“Leon and Kyle have British ancestry, Portuguese ancestry, have lived in Belgium and, in a few years, were Leon to stay in Germany, he too would qualify for Germany.
Butler then added, “Each day that goes by it’s another day he could qualify for another country if he chooses. It shows him as a man of substance and a leader; not a fool that runs and bows at the hands of people who have been corrupted by the economic restraints they face.”
However, it has today been revealed that the Cassava-Piece soccer prodigy Bailey was never eligible for the Three Lions, as he does not have a biological parent or grandparent who was born in England.
Jamaica citizen will be in a uproar when the news goes viral their golden-boy Bailey now officially a Reggae Boyz
Bailey joined Bundesliga side Leverkusen from Genk in January 2017 and has scored 13 goals in 53 appearances for the club. He signed a new deal in August that will keep him at the BayArena until 2023.