The four British “original nations” have chosen to remove denpunkt (d). This means that British players do not have to live in a country of origin before representing that country on the international stage – they only have to be born there or have family ties with their parents or grandparents. And this gentleman`s deal was not made with naturalized foreigners in mind – it was made to prevent England from poaching the best Welsh, Scottish and Irish talent, many of whom join English clubs on their way out of school and who, under FIFA rules, would have the right to represent England after five years of residence, regardless of age or training. Before meeting with other original associations, David Taylor, a member of the SFA board of directors, called for caution ahead of calls for an exit from the agreement. He said: “We have to make sure that it is not a “free-for-all” where the countries of origin try to provide the best players,” “That`s why we could exist as a separate country and force people to wonder why we don`t have a British football team.”  On 1 March 2004, the four British federations voted to maintain the agreement.  Chief Executive David Taylor said, “This is not about introducing a residence qualification or poaching players from other nations.” In October 2008, Spanish striker Nacho Novo said he would apply for a British passport if that meant he would play for Scotland. The SFA said it was not eligible as they would abide by the agreement.  But the likelihood is that Januzaj will not wait until he is 23 years old to make a decision, because he would miss a world championship and a European championship, when he has closer ties with at least three other nations in Belgium, Albania and – if Serbia and its allies changed, allowing the UN, and therefore FIFA, to sanction them. Should the United Nations end its “gentleman`s agreement” on naturalized players? Tell me downstairs! The countries of origin have agreed to remove a clause allowing players to obtain the right to access one of the eight national teams because of their residence. Fifa`s statutes state that “associations with a common nationality may enter into an agreement under which paragraph (d) of this article is completely deleted or amended to set a longer period of time.” The clause has been removed: Taylor said: “It is important to have a common interpretation of the rules and I am pleased that the BRITISH agreement remains in force.
Our identity is very important to us. This two-part article deals with the “gentlemen`s agreement” between the football federations of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland (home nations).