While Irling Holland did not strictly ‘snub’ England, the powerful strike sensation deserved three Lions before making his senior bow for Norway in 2019. Born in Leeds in 2000 and lived in England for just four years of his life, Stryker was the son of former Manchester City and Leeds midfielder Alf Inge Halland.
Helland was integrated within Norway’s youth set-up at the U15 level and Gareth Southgate believes a switch was never realistic.
The England boss said, “We recruit early, but we were not with him even when we were in Yorkshire.” “We’re always trying to monitor those matters, but I think in that instance he was tied by Norway very quickly and I also think that with players like him, they are quite clear where they want to play. .
“He feels loyalty to the country that he is playing for now and you are always very respectful.”