Liverpool’s teenage winger Raheem Sterling has pledged his international future to England, despite still being eligible for his place of birth, Jamaica.
The 18-year-old, who recently signed a five-year contract extension with Liverpool, won his first senior England cap last month in the 4-2 friendly defeat by Sweden.
"It was a dream come true," Sterling told the British media of playing for England in Stockholm. "As a 15-year-old, I can remember sitting at home and praying to get an under-16 call-up.
"To be getting a senior call-up a few years later was one of the best things that ever happened to me."
After making his full England debut, he could still have opted to play for Jamaica, where he lived until he was six, and the country’s FA have continued to court the player.
"I’ve got Jamaican roots but no-one tried to put any pressure on me," said Sterling, who has represented England at every level from under-16 upwards.
"I couldn’t turn my back on England because I’ve grown up through the English youth system and progressed from there. I want to keep driving on and do a bit more."
Sterling’s decision, though hardly a surprise, will be a blow to Jamaica, whose football chief Horace Burrell held talks with the player in October.