Ireland U17 Calum Kavanagh may not have been born on these shores. But he does not appear to be your typical English born player who wears the Irish jersey in the hope they’ll be good enough for the English team in the future. He is in fact the son of former Ireland midfielder Graham Kavanagh. He’s got the right man influencing him.
The 16 year old is currently on the books of Middlesborough but there has been talk in the last few weeks that some big clubs such as Arsenal and Chelsea were after him but his father has since denied that there has been any contact from such clubs. This story does not come as such as surprise tho as his stats are pretty impressive when you look at them. 5 goals his last 5 games for the in the U18 Premier League. The last one coming in a 3-0 over Liverpool before COVID-19 hit the world.
As of yet he has only played for Ireland at underage level. He most recently represented the Boys in Green in the U17 European Championship Qualifiers where he netted in a 6-0 win over Andorra. He also saw minutes against Israel in the final group game. He was expected to be named in Colin O Briens squad for the Elite Round of Qualifiers but that has been postponed for obvious reasons.
On the point of him being eligible for England, his father told Independent.ie in August 2018 that his “son was asked to represent England but there was no chance. Even right through the Declan Rice saga, his father reiterated that “Calum never wants to play for anyone else. He is Irish, he feels Irish and is proud to wear the jersey and go over to play for his country at any level.”
Funnily enough he was actually born in Cardiff, so playing for Wales could also be an option. But I think it’s clear to see with his Dads history of playing for Ireland, the chances of wearing the green jersey are almost certain. He seems to have the right attitude of knowing it’s Ireland and nobody else. I know we’ve heard these sorts of things before but he’s certainly got a good influencer such as his Irish father to guide him.
A top top player is just one of many talented youngsters that appear to be coming through our system. It would be brilliant to see Calum go on to play for Ireland just like his father did many years ago. Fingers crossed.