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David Moyes was willing to turn his back on Scotland to win Northern Ireland cap

By Paul Ferguson

Published 06/07/2013

David Moyes began work at Manchester United on Monday
David Moyes began work at Manchester United on Monday
David Moyes, pictured, used his first press conference to state Wayne Rooney will not be sold
David Moyes officially started work at Manchester United on Monday

A clerical error prevented new Manchester United manager David Moyes from earning an international cap for Northern Ireland.

Sunday Life can exclusively reveal that in the late 1990s, Glasgow-born defender Moyes was so eager to play international football that he was willing to switch allegiance from Scotland, the country of his birth, to Northern Ireland.

Having been overlooked by his beloved Scotland, though he performed for them at under-18 level, Moyes was willing to use FIFA’s parent/grandparent ruling to fulfil his dream — as his mother Joan hailed from Portrush.

Moyes, who was then a veteran centre half for Preston North End in England’s Division Two, sent a letter addressed to Northern Ireland manager Bryan Hamilton at Irish FA HQ. Sadly for Moyes, it never reached Hamilton until after he’d left his position with the IFA.

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