Perry Ng signs new Crewe deal, keen to play for Singapore
Although he holds a British passport, the central defender is eligible to play for Singapore thanks to his paternal grandfather. The 21-year-old played 20 times for the first team this season as the Railwaymen finished 17th in the table, and did enough to secure a new deal.
“Yes, of course I’d love to play for Singapore,” Ng told FourFourTwo recently.
The FAS (Football Association of Singapore) got in contact with me before but didn’t follow through.
“The FAS (Football Association of Singapore) got in contact with me before but didn’t follow through.”
FIFA regulation states that any player is eligible to represent more than one nation if "his grandmother or grandfather was born in the territory of the relevant Association".
The FAS will need to submit a written request to FIFA’s general secretariat if they do wish to call Ng up. The application will then be put before a Fifa Players' Status Committee, who will approve or reject the request.
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A product of Crewe’s academy, which counts the likes of Dean Ashton and Danny Murphy among its former graduates, Ng signed professional terms with the club in May 2014 and made several appearances in League One.
Manager David Artell is a fan of the young defender’s talent, telling the club’s website in March that “if [Ng] continues to develop and improve then he has a bright future in the game, there is no doubt about that.”
Injuries to several key players afforded the homegrown youngster a chance this season and he did not disappoint, earning a new one-year contract with an additional year’s option depending on appearances.
“The season wasn’t great for the team but individually I think I did well,” he said.