Re: 2011/12 Robert Cullen @ VVV-Venlo (NED) Thread [R] The above is all very interesting, I'm sure, and some day when I have time, I might even be inclined to discuss it further. (Don't hold your breath) But regarding the specific topic in hand, it really is quite simple. It has been an established FIFA principle for decades now that a player may represent the country of his parent's birth, providing he is not already tied to another National Team, and he holds the appropriate Nationality. Cullen's father is from Northern Ireland. He is not tied to Japan, since he has not played a competitive "A" International. Therefore the only question is whether at the time of his first having represented Japan at under-age level, he held British Nationality (and continues to hold it). Regarding this last, neither the Japanese Government nor the JFA may determine who is, or is not, British: only the British Government may do so. And as I have demonstrated, by the relevant 1981 legislation, Cullen undoubtedly was a British National automatically from the time of his birth. Further, the 1981 Act makes clear that any such British National remains so, unless or until he formally renounces that Nationality with the British (not Japanese, or any other) Government. Such a Renunciation must be Registered with the appropriate (British) Secretary of State. Therefore, if Cullen has at some stage registered his renunciation with the British Government, he may no longer be eligible to represent Northern Ireland - it would depend on the date/timing. And if he has never registered such a renunciation, then regardless of any effect it may have upon his Japanese Nationality etc, he has continued to hold British Nationality from birth, so may choose to represent the Northern Ireland NT (if selected). That is my understanding, but I am not so arrogant as not to be open to correction. Therefore if you still disagree with me, I would appreciate if you told me which part of my reasoning (above) you consider to be incorrect. And in doing so, I would appreciate if you stuck to the specifics of my post. Back to you.