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Harper's No To Ghana

Reading midfielder James Harper has turned down the opportunity to play for Ghana at the World Cup finals in Germany this summer.

The 25 year old would qualify to play for the country because his mother was born there.

But Harper believes that you should play for the country that you are from, he told the Reading Evening Post: 'My mum is from Ghana but she moved over here when she was three.

'I've never even been to Ghana. I can't speak any of the 32 languages they've got. I don't know the colour of their flag and it's not my country.

'I wouldn't feel right putting on the shirt. I think you should play for the country you are from. If I was born there and then came over to England, then fair enough. But I didn't and I am English.'

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Date:Friday April 28 2006

Time: 7:17PM

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Love the honesty of the lad!
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30/04/2006 10:40:00

yes, at least hes not another footballer that will jump on to any band wagon, he wants to play for his country and not somewhere that he has never been!
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30/04/2006 22:07:00

Your never going to play for England either.
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29/05/2006 23:59:00

Well done young james. Truth - an admirable quality in a player these days.
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02/06/2006 03:42:00

What a Nutter! Why would you turn down a chance to play in the World Cup? I cant see why!
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19/06/2006 10:44:00


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