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Enzo Zidane ‘to play for France, not Spain’

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-02-24

'Zidane is back!' The headline, published in Monday's Le Parisien, refers not to World Cup hero Zinedine Zidane, but to his 18-year-old son, Enzo.

According to the French daily, the Spanish-French national has been called up to join France’s Under-19 training camp.

“The player has decided to wear the blue jersey”, France youth coach Willy Sagnol told Le Parisien. “He may yet change his mind, but at the moment he wants to play for France.”

Enzo Zidane, who is also known as Enzo Fernandez after his mother's maiden name, has long been torn between Spain and France.

He was born in France in 1995 but soon followed his father to Madrid, where he currently plays for Real Madrid’s youth team.

He obtained Spanish citizenship in 2006 and was called up to the Spain Under-15 team in 2009.

A midfielder like his father, Enzo Zidane is also eligible to play for his paternal grandparents’ home country, Algeria.
 

Date created : 2014-02-24

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