Ex-Arsenal favourite Eduardo da Silva will sing both anthems in World Cup opener


The family of Croatia striker Eduardo da Silva talk about their split loyalties ahead of the World Cup. His mother says her son will sing both the Croatian and Brazilian anthems when the two sides meet in the opening match.

Former Arsenal fan favourite Eduardo da Silva will be in a unique position when the World Cup kicks off.

He will take part in the opening game, hoping to lead the line for Croatia, against the country of his birth.

Born in Brazil, Eduardo took on Croatian nationality after spending six seasons contracted to Dinamo Zagreb.

With his family still living in the South America, his mother admits there will be divided loyalties when the World Cup opener is held next week.

"I'm rooting for Eduardo da Silva, I understand that it is very important for him, but I'm also rooting for Brazil.

"Eduardo versus Brazil. He has said he will sing two anthems. He is Croatian for work, in his heart he is Brazilian."

Eduardo is currently playing for his future, at 31-years-old he is set to become a free agent after the tournament as his contract with Shakhtar Donetsk is to expire.

His career at Arsenal was ruined by injury no thanks to a horrific leg break against Birmingham City, and few would argue he deserves his chance to show what he can do on the biggest stage of all, and precede Diego Costa in breaking Brazilian hearts.

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