West Ham youth star poised to make England bow

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West Ham striker Domingos Quina will make his debut for England at youth level once he qualifies to play for the country under residency rules next year, according to the Daily Mail.

Quina commented last month he was considering switching his allegiance from Portugal to England:

“Right now I play for Portugal Under 19’s, but you never know what could happen in the future. I’ll have a decision to make about that soon.”

It now seems like he will commit to playing for a country he has lived in since joining Chelsea’s academy in 2013. The 17 year old was born in Guinea-Bissau but qualified for Portugal through his father who played for the Portuguese national team.

The forward made his debut for the Portugal Under 17 team in 2015 but players are allowed to play for more than one country at youth level if they qualify. Quina will achieve residency status in the UK in 2018 and will then be eligible for England’s Under 18, Under 20 and Under 21 teams.

The player joined West Ham in the summer from Chelsea after signing his first professional contract with the Hammers. He came on to make his debut for the club back in late July in the Europa League tie against NK Domzale.

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