17-year-old Tottenham Hotspur talent Ismael Azzaoui explains his tough international decision

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The attacking midfielder has been in great form throughout 2015.

Tottenham Hotspur have plenty of talented youngsters in their ranks. The club have brought through the likes of Ryan Mason, Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb recently and the likes of Harry Winks, Alex Pritchard and Ryan Fredericks are also coming through the ranks.

There are also others, not well known to those who do not follow the Spurs youth team closely.

One such player is Ismael Azzaoui. The former Anderlecht attacker arrived at the club last March.

The 17-year-old has been in fantastic form in recent times, shining for the under-18s, in particular in the FA Youth Cup.

He is currently away on international duty with the Belgium under-17s at the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championships in Bulgaria.

Of course, Azzaoui is not a traditional Belgian name. He is part Moroccan and has now spoken about his decision to become a Belgium international rather than Morocco.

He told Almarssad Pro today:

"I received an invitation for the Morocco team from when I was younger than 18-years-old, but I rejected it. I am on the Belgium team and it is a great dream playing under these colours."

He has already played once in the tournament, losing to Germany in their opening game 2-0.

Azzaoui will now hope for a more positive run in the tournament then the start. Then he can begin to look at getting into the Tottenham first-team in the future.

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