By Emma Sanders
Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele will have to make a choice on his international career after training with England in recent weeks, according to a report.
The Sky Sports website claims the 13 year-old had already trained with England before he joined up with the Scotland under-16 squad to make his international bow.
Dembele, who is also eligible to play for the Ivory Coast, made his Scotland under-16s debut during their 2-2 draw against Wales on November 1st.
He has been in the headlines throughout the season due to his performances for Celtic’s various youth team and turned further heads when he came on as a substitute in the international fixture.
According to the report, Scotland are adamant on keeping the youngster and will do all they can to prevent him from playing for England.
The FA are believed to have kept the news of his training participation a secret out of respect for his minor age but are equally keen to see him represent the Three Lions.
Dembele is already playing against players beyond his years but has not looked out of place as he has adopted a number of roles across the midfield.
The youngster came on as a substitute for Celtic’s reserve side in October during their 3-1 win against Hearts and is set to become the club’s youngest ever first team debutant should he continue to progress at such a rapid rate.
Football Insider verdict:
It will be a tough decision for the youngster, who has grown up in Glasgow with his family despite being born in London. However, the 13-year-old still has plenty of time to make a decision and must concentrate on his club career before even thinking about an international future. Dembele needs to land a regular position in the reserve squad, working with coaches who have nurtured his exciting potential thus far and then a move to a major Premier League club may be on the cards and a potential international career for England could be within his sights.