Friday 11th October and Swansea City had their first player ever to represent Spain at International level. That player, as we all know, was Michu. Michu became the 94th Swansea player to represent their country whilst at the Swans. 67 of the 94 have represented Wales.
Michu amazingly started the game for the World and European Champions against Belarus, he was substituted in the 57th minute for Alvaro Negredo of Man City. I didn’t watch the game as I was in Cardiff watching Wales beat Macedonia, so you’ll have to ask someone else how he played!
Who would have thought we would ever have a player who would go onto represent the World and European Champions? Beats Tom Williams’s cap for Cyprus against Romania in 2006 I guess!
I am so pleased for Michu, he deserved his call up and hopefully he’ll impress and will go to Brazil next year, at least it gives me an excuse to support Spain too. It’s also good to know that even though we aren’t seen as a big club, we have a player good enough to get in their team.
I don’t care about England personally, but I don’t think players like Leon Britton should be overlooked, maybe Shelvey will get more recognition with him playing more regular. Hopefully a few more Swans players will represent their country in years to come.
I know many people don’t really like International football, but as a player it must be a dream to represent your country.
Below is a list of every player who has played for their country whilst being at the Swans. (International level only, not counting Youth or Olympic level).
Congo DR –Yves Makabu-Makalambay
Cyprus – Tom Williams
England – Jonjo Shelvey
Finland – Shefki Kuqi
Ghana – Andre Ayew
Hungary – Tamas Priskin
Iceland – Gylfi Sigurdsson
Israel – Itay Shechter
Jamaica – Walter Boyd
Jonathan de Guzman
Nigeria – Rueben Agboola
Northern Ireland –
Poland – Lukasz Fabianski
Republic of Ireland –
Jack O’Driscoll (Played for Northern Ireland too)
Rory Keane (Played for Northern Ireland too)
South Korea – Ki Sung-Yeung
Spain – Miguel Perez Cuesta (Michu)
Trinidad & Tobago –
Venezuela – Giovanni Savarese
Owain Tudur Jones
One quirky fact, just to finish, is that both Dudley Lewis and Roger Freestone played just once for Wales, both against Brazil!