Former Premier League veteran, and current Chester FC player Danny Higginbotham has agreed to play for Gibraltar.
The 34 year old, who has played for the likes of Manchester United, Stoke City and Sunderland, tweeted today that: “I can confirm in principle that I have agreed to represent Gibraltar and am looking forward to the adventure.”
As part of the agreement, though, Higginbotham won’t miss any games for Chester, who he only recently signed for from Sheffield United. Whilst his involvement in the national team will be limited, it is still a welcome boost of experience in a team that will have almost no real experience of professional football, let alone a European Championship qualifying campaign where the likes of Germany, England or Portugal could face Allen Bula’s team.
Higginbotham, 34, qualifies through his grandmother, who is born in Gibraltar, whilst his mother also happens to be the sister of Allen Bula. Since getting into UEFA, the GFA have been on a recruitment drive to find eligible players for Gibraltar, who previously were not known to the GFA. So far, this has discovered Adam Priestley of Guiseley, and Anthony Bardon of Bromley, as well as Higginbotham.