English goalkeeper playing in France already has two red cards this season

In the modern game we are seeing more British players try their hand abroad, but English goalkeeper Etienne Green has been in France ever since the age of four.

He's risen through the ranks at Saint Etienne, although things couldn't be going much worse for the former Ligue 1 side. They were relegated from the first division last season, and ultras ran onto the field to confront the team as scenes became even uglier after their fate was secured, and they're in the relegation zone already in the lower division.

But it's been a season to forget already for Green too, as he's been sent off in two of their opening seven Ligue 2 matches. They've already conceded 15 league goals this season, although he's barely been on the pitch for most of them.

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England have been interested in securing Green's nationality amid fears he could commit to the French national team, and there were even claims he could be called up to Gareth Southgate's side earlier than expected after impressing in France. But it's all gone wrong so far this season in the lower division of Ligue 2, as two straight reds have already been shown to the young goalkeeper.

The first came against Le Havre, before being sent off against Pau on his return to the starting line-up. But in truth, his performances have been a reflection on the rest of the team.

Saint Etienne's disciplinary record has been awful this season, as they have picked up red cards in four of their opening seven league matches this season. And in a 6-0 defeat to Le Havre, they finished the game with just eight players as three men were sent off.

The French side were one of the favourites to be promoted this season, and bounce straight back to Ligue 1 after a shock relegation. But they've only won one game so far this year, and are joint-bottom of the second division.

Green may have struggled this season, but it's likely he will be picked up by a bigger side soon, as his talent is there for all to see. So much so that England and France are scrapping for his services in the future.

But Green is leaning towards playing for England, although he's admitted that it's a tough choice. "After the European Championships, the English Federation asked about my possible interest [in playing for England]," Green said.

"I was born in England but have lived in Saint Etienne since the age of four. My mother is French and my father is English. It’s like asking someone to choose between their parents.

"After letting some time pass, I finally made the decision to put myself at the disposal of the English Federation. It’s not a rational or opportunistic choice, [they’re] two great countries, two great teams, that have always made me dream… It’s a choice of one country against another…

"If the FA formalises their interest and calls me up, I will go with pride and 200% commitment. This of course does not change my deep ties, my attachment and my commitment to Saint Etienne!"


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