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If your parents are from a country, what difference does it make that you were born in one location versus another? Your genetic material is still the same.

See Hargreaves. Both of his parents are from England, but he was born in Canada.

On the other hand, what if a person has lived in a country his whole life soon after being born in another. He might have some association to the country of his birth, but if you were to ask him where he is from, he would definitely say the country he grew up in.

Lukas Podolski has lived in Germany since the age of two and even though he speaks some Polish, he definitely considers himself German and is probably more patriotic than most.

This is very different from the french players who have become naturalised citizens or who were born in a French colony.

These player spent most of their lives outside of France AND their parents are not from France.
 

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haggler said:
thats the german part of you speaking there !!! guess what i was born in rinteln near hannover and i couldnt play for germany as it was a british military hospital so classed as britain - i have 2 birth certs as well .they wanted me badly but i couldnt play for them and my principles meant i had to say no to sir bobby robson too .:(

Haggler, Du darfst in meiner Mannschaft spielen!:)
 
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