Dilemma for City striker
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Norwich City striker Sebastian Soto admits he is torn between pledging his international allegiance to the US or Chile.
The Californian has made a bright start to his season loan stint at Dutch second tier club Telstar and is reportedly in the frame to be called up to a European-based training camp for the US national team next month.
The 20-year-old made headlines with a goalscoring burst for the US at the 2019 Fifa U20 World Cup.
A Bundesliga move to Hannover brought a German top flight debut before he joined the Canaries as a free agent in the summer.
Soto was farmed out to Telstar after work permit regulations ruled him out of Daniel Farke’s immediate plans. The striker has notched three goals in his first six appearances and is scheduled to be back in action on Friday against Helmond Sport.
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Soto is also eligible for the country of his father, with the striker admitting he is in regular contact with Chile head coach Reinaldo Rueda.
The frontman, who came through the same US youth set up as right back Sergino Dest, who recently joined Barcelona from Ajax, now faces a potential dilemma.
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“I have heard both countries want me but until I get something that is actually official then I don’t have a decision to make. I am just waiting,” he told Dutch regional broadcaster NH Sport in recent days. “I don’t have my Chilean passport yet. We are working on it.
“I haven’t said no to them. That is not correct. I stay in contact with the coach a lot. He is a really good guy. If I get invited to a camp, either for the men’s national team of the US or Chile then it will be time but I haven’t been invited. It is still 50, 50.
“The decision process is coming. It is more a conversation to have with my family to be honest than with the coaches.”