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It’s the international break once again, and while Aston Villa have two players in the England squad, most of the conversation amongst the Villa Park faithful has been about one player who didn’t make the cut.

Indeed, some Villa fans were incensed by the fact Gareth Southgate snubbed Ezri Konsa from his latest squad, and to be honest, we can understand why.

Konsa has been brilliant for around 18 months at this point, proving himself week in, week out in the Premier League, and it’s about time he got a chance for the Three Lions.

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With all due respect, he’s been outshining the likes of Conor Coady in this time period, while there’s certainly a case to make that he’s been the stronger player in his pairing with Tyrone Mings.

Unfortunately, his chance at the international level hasn’t come, but luckily, Konsa has the chance to take control of his own destiny.

The centre-half is also eligible to play for the Portuguese national team, and that’s an avenue he may want to explore.

The centre-back spot for Portugal is far less competitive. Sure, Ruben Dias is one of the first names on the teamsheet, but he’s still being partnered by a 38-year-old Pepe most of the time, and he surely doesn’t have long left in his career.

There’s a void at centre-back for Portugal, and it’s there for Konsa to fill.

Switching allegiances at international level is a great way for players to fulfil their dreams of playing at these major tournaments, just look at Michail Antonio. He was long overdue an England call-up before switching to Jamaica and now he has an excellent chance of playing at a World Cup before his carer is over, something that seemed incredibly unlikely just a few years ago.

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Antonio is a great player. In fact, he’s even been called ‘unplayable’ in the past, and he deserves to showcase his abilities on the biggest of stages.

Konsa is talented enough to play at the top level of international football, but if that chance isn’t going to come with England, he may want to follow Antonio’s example and switch allegiances.

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