Germany set to lose starlet
By Edwin Chong
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bundesliga starlet Ashkan Dejagah has revealed he would consider playing for Iran.
Bundesliga starlet Ashkan Dejagah has revealed he would consider playing for Iran at international level.
The Hertha Berlin playmaker, believed to be one of the country's brightest prospects, already plays for Germany at Under 20 level.
But both his parents are Iranian and he was born in Iran before moving to Germany at a young age.
Dejagah had seemed set to continue progressing in Europe, but now admits he is holding out for a formal approach by the Iran Football Federation.
"Although I am playing for Germany's national team Iran is always in the back of my mind," he told IRNA.
"I am Iranian, my family is Iranian and my heart beats for Iran.
"If there is an offer from the Iranian federation to join the national squad, I would discuss it with my parents, especially with my father."
Dejagah boasts a fine scoring record at youth level for both club and the country he currently represents, and news of a switch would come as a much needed boost for Iran, as they look to plan for the next World Cup in 2010.