Auckland City FC striker Ryan De Vries has nailed his shades immovably to the pole by issuing a come-get-me-request to All Whites manager Anthony Hudson.
South African-conceived De Vries, 23, has delighted in an exceptional FIFA Club World Cup battle with the Navy Blues however has rebuked media request from African press about his accessibility for Bafana while in Morocco.
“I’ve never been reached by the South African Football Association to speak to the nation of my introduction to the world.
“I was conceived in South Africa, I’ll generally be South African in that sense, yet I’ve existed in New Zealand for a long time now and New Zealand has indicated more investment.
“Presently, I feel more like a Kiwi in my heart, I won’t overlook my roots yet in the event that the chance came and the All Whites needed me to speak to them, I would pick New Zealand,” De Vries said.
The previous Waitakere United forward joined Auckland City FC toward the begin of last season before doing the change to the Navy Blues in the wake of winning four back to back titles with the West Aucklanders.
Furthermore De Vries likewise says its in regards to time everybody sat up and paid heed about what is going ahead in the country’s lead household rivalry – the ASB Premiership.
“It was a real accomplishment to play San Lorenzo in the semi-finals of a FIFA Club World Cup. We’ve got this adage at Auckland City FC: ‘Quality in Unity” – and we all play for one another.
“We’ve been as one for quite a while and everybody sees one another. When we pull on that Navy Blue pullover, we don’t play for ourselves, we play for the club and everybody that backings it.
“The ASB Premiership is a really decent class. It has great groups, great players and as should be obvious, Auckland City FC has had a huge effect here on the world stage,” he said.
Be that as it may De Vries stays pleased with both parts of his national character, yet at the end of the day sees himself as “another” Kiwi.
“Its not that I dislike or abhorrence South Africa in any capacity. You see endless illustrations of this in world football – Tim Cahill, for instance, is Samoan and speaks to the Socceroos, or fellows like Aiden Mcgeady who is Scottish yet plays for Ireland.
“I’ll generally be green and gold somehow, however my heart has a place with New Zealand,” he says.