By Ross Doyle
Teenage footballer Islam Feruz was this week called up to the Scotland U17’s squad
The Somalia born 14 year-old moved to Glasgow when he was 7 and has
worked his way through the youth setup at Celtic FC.
Feruz has benefited from the new FIFA rule changes which allows players who own a British passport and have at least 5 years education with the UK to represent one of the home nations.
Islam Feruz has already impressed at youth level, representing the Celtic U19’s team on several occasions, making his debut while still just 13 years old.
He also has the required education period from attending Glasgow’s Hillhead High School.
“I have been very proud to live in Scotland” said Feruz after his call-up, “I would like to thank Celtic for all it has done for me over the past 5 years”.
Islam will likely receive his first U17 cap during the upcoming European Championship qualifiers from October 20-25th
SFA Cheif Executive Gordon Smith was delighted by the rule change which will benefit Scottish football as a whole, “Islam is a fine example of the type of person this new rule is designed to benefit.” The move will help promote social inclusion in football and incorporate with changes in society.
The rule change has also seen other footballer’s come into contention for call-ups to the national set-up including the much debated possible inclusion of Andrew Driver. The highly rated Hearts winger has no Scottish blood relation but has been resident within Scotland long enough to seek benefit from the new FIFA rules.