The bizarre ruling could lead to England’s debut for Kelman despite Manchester City’s invitation

Max Kellmann is being considered by England after a strange referee ended his hopes of playing for Ukraine.

Wolverhampton midfielder Kellman has excelled at the club’s defense base this season, playing every minute of the Premier League under Bruno Lage and scoring his first goal for the club in the November win over Everton.

The 24-year-old signed a new contract soon after, taking advantage of Willie Polly’s injury to prove himself and Committed to his future with the wolves until the summer of 2026.

This increased his international chances, although Kellman had previously hoped to represent Ukraine, his parents’ hometown.

Andrei Shevchenko confirmed in March that he was trying to get permission to call up Kelman for the national team, saying, “We have submitted Maxim’s request to FIFA, we are waiting for a response.”

But Kellman’s request to change his international allegiance was turned down because the player made 25 appearances for the England futsal team, linking him to the country at any level of the sport.

Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko, who was always present in Ukraine during Euro 2020, even phoned Kleman ‘in a bid to secure his loyalty’, as the Wolverhampton player had already met Shevchenko.

But the blow would not necessarily annihilate Kellman’s international hopes, because “his level has not gone unnoticed by Gareth Southgate” and England.

The athlete claims that his performance And the fact that he’s a left-footed defender means Kellman “has been discussed as a potential option in central defence” in a shallow group.

Southgate was present at Molyneux for the match against Everton in which Kelman scored, Further enhance his prospects.

Laage spoke fondly of the player after that match, saying: “He deserved that goal, but most importantly, he deserved to stay in the team.

“Max did this, not only for me but for the team, a good performance. Solid. The way he defends, he plays with the ball and now with a goal, so I’m happy with him.

“He needs to keep working. We can’t sleep on the performance or the result, we need to go (again). That’s what I want for the players.”


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