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There could be a Londoner playing for Colombia at the 2018 World Cup

Envigado midfielder George Saunders was born in London but is currently waiting for a Colombian passport ahead of next year's World Cup

Playing for the same club that James Rodriguez started his career at is every young Colombian’s dream.

But for one Londoner that dream has become a reality, and could be just the ticket to playing alongside Rodriguez at the 2018 World Cup.

The Londoner abroad

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The Londoner abroad

George Saunders was once part of Arsenal’s academy but now finds himself at Colombian first division side Envigado.

He moved to Colombia in 2013 and hasn’t looked back since, playing for America de Cali, Fortaleza, Union Magdalena, Patriotas and finally Envigado- where Rodriguez cut his teeth as a youngster.

Now, with his five year anniversary of moving to Colombia on the horizon, he could be set to swap international allegiances.

Spot the Englishman

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Spot the Englishman

He told the Independent: “My paperwork has been lodged and I’m hoping that by January I’ll have two passports.

“I’ve had teams interested in me but because I’m a foreigner, and because of the rules here, clubs tend to sign strikers or number tens.

“I’ve had a few offers and clubs here want me to get that passport so I have an option.

Future internationals team-mates?

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Future internationals team-mates?

“You never know what’s around the corner but if I get the paperwork then there’s a good chance I’ll get a move to a big club.

“Then it’s like the Premier League, if you’re with a big club and playing well then there’s a possibility of a call-up.”

Colombia are well placed to make the tournament in Russia as they currently sit second in South American qualifying.

Thumbs up if you want to play for Colombia?

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Thumbs up if you want to play for Colombia?

It’s by no means a formality though, with Uruguay, Chile and Argentina also competing for the last three automatic spots.

If Jose Pekerman’s side do navigate a safe passage through to Russia then Saunders will be hoping to join Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao in Colombia’s squad.

It’ll give us another team to support when England crash out against supposed minnows in the quarter-finals.