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Zinedine Zidane’s son Enzo could reject France for Spain

15-year-old Real youth team star considers international future

French legend Zinedine Zidane has told press his son Enzo – full name Enzo Alan Zidane Fernandez – may opt for Spain when the time comes to choose his international career path.

Zidane has four sons, three of whom play in Real Madrid’s youth team ranks. Enzo Zidane, who qualifies to turn out for the World Cup winners after living in Spain for more than eight years, has been singled out as a future star and was rumoured to be on the verge of a call up to Spain’s U15s last year.

Yesterday Zinedine told Spanish paper AS his son wasn’t necessarily going to follow in his father’s footsteps:

When he’s called up, that’s the time that I will decide. If Spain call him up, it will be good, and if it’s France, it will be good too. For the moment, he is enjoying football with Madrid and that’s what’s important.

Hmm… years of in-fighting and underachieving at international tournaments or a future spent defending World Cups and European championships?

Will the FFF even bother pleading a case?


3 responses so far
  • g // September 8, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Richard you are a typical delusional England supporter, blinded by the fact that your national teams players are the most overpaid and over-hyped players who only succeed in club football due to their foreign team mates.

    Underachieving at tournaments? Please tell me that you are referring to England when you say that as I am not to sure it would be a relevant for France. Of the last 7 major international tournaments, France have reached 3 finals, winning two of them. England could only dream of such a record. Unfortunately money isnt much help in international football…

    Wake up and smell the bacon.

    jealousy is a nasty trait

  • arn00b // September 8, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Players want stability in the national team that club football, being essentially a business, lacks. The FFF lost a lot of credibility this year and in stead of fixing it or just admitting to their mistakes, they made it worse and smeared the problem all over. The national team only underachieved in the last two tournaments, (2 years) but they certainly don’t have a history of years of underachieving as the article suggests.

  • Jean-François // September 9, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Enzo could choose the Spanish U16 side but eventually play for France in his senior career. The decision isn’t binding because the U16,U19,U21 etc aren’t official matches. Spain have a better youth system. I hope this boy can become half what his father was, even half would make him the best footballer in the world right now.

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