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Xherdan Shaqiri considers switching countries after captaincy snub

Xherdan Shaqiri has disrupted Switzerland’s preparations for their Group A match with Romania by admitting he may play for Kosovo.

Kosovo are the newest nation recognised by FIFA and any players eligible may declare to play for them even if they have already been capped by another nation.

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The Stoke midfielder, who was born in Kosovo in 1991, has represented Switzerland 54 times but is considering the switch after being snubbed for the Swiss captaincy.

Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner was awarded the armband by Vladimir Petkovic following the decision to drop Gokan Inler.

Shaqiri took it as an insult when Granit Xhaka and Valon Behrami (who are both also eligible to play for Kosovo) were named as vice-captains and criticised the decision in the Swiss press.

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“What if the coach of Kosovo wants me as the captain? Of course, I am thinking about it then,” said Shaqiri in a press conference earlier today.

Sounds like an empty threat and a cry for attention.

Belgian Adnan Januzaj has previously announced his intention to play for Kosovo.


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