Aston Villa man reveals he could represent FIFA's 159th-ranked nation

Aston Villa

Leandro Bacuna is considering an invitation from former Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert to represent the Curacao national team.

Aston Villa’s Leandro Bacuna has confirmed to the Daily Mail that he could be set for international action, but not with the Netherlands.

Instead, the versatile Dutchman could be set to turn out for CONCACAF side Curacao, with manager Patrick Kluivert sounding him out about committing to their World Cup qualifying campaign.

The former Ajax and Barcelona striker was named the new coach of the Dutch Caribbean nation earlier this week, and Bacuna admits that his addition to the staff has given extra incentive to the invitation.

“I was even approached last year. I said then that I wanted to think about, which has actually not changed,” he said.

“That Kluivert was added to the staff, of course, gives something extra to the invitation.”

Part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, several other top Dutch footballers also boast Curacao heritage, such as Newcastle United’s Vernon Anita, while former West Bromwich Albion defender Shelton Martis has won six caps.

Bacuna in fact represented the Netherlands Antilles at Under-20 level, before the nation was dissolved in October 2010 to form the two new countries of Curacao and Saint Maarten, and would later go on to make 10 appearances for Netherlands Under-21s between 2011 and 2013 while at FC Groningen.

Given that he’s doubtful to receive a senior call-up in the near future, it might not be a bad idea to accept Kluivert’s invitation, although, considering their FIFA ranking of 159th, dreams of a World Cup appearance might have to be put aside.

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