Erling Haaland could have played the World Cup with another nation: “But I am Norwegian and I am proud of it”

In a few days, when most of his teammates will join their national team, Erling Haaland will be able to take a few days off. Indeed, his country Norway did not qualify for the final phase of the World Cup.

The Manchester City striker, author of 23 goals in 17 games in all competitions since his arrival in England, will be one of the great absentees from this World Cup.

But Haaland could well have played the World Cup with another country. This is what he revealed to the English media Goal. He could indeed have chosen the English national team. “I lived here (Editor’s note, in England) when I was very young for three and a half or four years and then we moved to Norway where I lived for the rest of my youth”he explained, “so it was normal for me to choose the Norwegian team.”

The cyborg was indeed born in Leeds in Yorkshire at the time when his father Alf-Inge was pacing the lawns of the Premier League (between 1994 and 2001, he played more than 180 matches with Nottingham, Leeds and Manchester City). “Nobody knows how it would have happened, if my father had played longer in England, maybe I would be an England international. I don’t know”added Haaland who has no regrets about his choice, “I’m Norwegian and I’m proud of it.”

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