Cardiff City striker Michael Chopra has revealed that he is ready to play for India.
Former England Under-21 striker Chopra, now age 26, is keeping his fingers crossed to receive clearance to make his senior international debut for Bobby Houghton’s men at the Asian Cup in January.
If everything goes according to plan, the former Newcastle United and Sunderland striker will miss at least two league fixtures as well as possible FA Cup ties for the Championship pacesetters, who continue their march towards the Premier League.
However, Chopra revealed that manager Dave Jones has given his approval for him to win his first cap in Qatar.
Chopra said: “The gaffer is quite happy for me to do it. Obviously we will have important games in January but it’s an opportunity I could not turn down. I didn’t want to miss out.
“I was approached by India when I was 21 but I felt it wasn’t the right time. It would have been a massive change for me to pursue it. But I feel more mature now and I hope it can all be sorted out.”