Erling Haaland was born in Leeds while his father plied his trade in English top-flight football but never wanted to play for the Three Lions.
England have a rich crop of exciting youngsters coming through their ranks. Even with the likes of Mason Greenwood making their debut, Gareth Southgate would like to have Erling Haaland as a backup for Harry Kane.
Haaland qualifies for playing for the Three Lions as he was born in the country. The Borussia Dortmund star knew about the possibility but has never given it a thought.
In an interview to Soccer Bible, the prolific forward shared that he is a proud Norwegian and always wanted to represent the country.
“I don’t think so, no. I really don’t know, I moved back to Norway when I was four years old, so I didn’t think about that too much. I’m Norwegian and I’m proud of it,” Haaland commented.
The 20-year-old has had a meteoric rise in European football, scoring goals galore in the Austrian Bundesliga, the German Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League. However, he stays ground and attributes it all to his family.
“Staying grounded has never been a problem, because where I’m from, my family and all of these kinds of things have always been grounded, so that will never be a problem. But as you say it has been going fast and in a good tempo that I like.”
“Yeah, me and my father especially have always been talking a lot, about everything from football to outside the pitch. We’ve always talked about these things and about how to get better and how to do things differently.”
Haaland will hope to end Bayern Munich’s stranglehold on the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund. He will begin the charge with a home fixture against Borussia Moenchengladbach at the Signal Iduna Park on September 19.