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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

QPR's Fitz Hall For Scotland?

Daily Record - Soccer Shorts - Shirt Fitz
"SCOTLAND boss George Burley watched Fitz Hall play for QPR on Sunday and wants to know if the defender, who qualifies through a grandparent, now wants to play for his squad after he turned down Berti Vogts in 2003. Daily Record

Flashback to 2005
Football Co.uk - Sept 29, 2005 "Hall turns down Scotland
Crystal Palace centre-back Fitz Hall has rejected an offer to play international football for Scotland.
London-born Hall is eligible to represent England, Scotland or Barbados and after learning this, beleaguered Scotland coach Berti Vogts moved to secure his services.
However, the 23-year-old elected to pledge his allegiance to England, despite the number of top-class central defenders competing for a place in Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad.
"I have spoken to Vogts, but I was born in England and I see myself as English," explained Hall.
"For now I just want to concentrate on playing for Palace in the Premiership." Football.co.uk

And from 2004:
Vogts unearths eligible youngster at Southampton;
Sunday Herald, The, Apr 25, 2004 by Michael Grant

BERTI Vogts has unearthed another Premiership player eligible to appear for Scotland. Southampton defender Fitz Hall qualifies through a Scottish grandparent and the Walthamstow-born 23-year-old could come into the set-up for the friendlies against Estonia and Trinidad & Tobago.

Hall made his Southampton debut in December and had just seven appearances going into yesterday's match against Bolton, albeit two of those were against Arsenal and Manchester United in the Premiership. If he has still to make a name for himself he can at least claim to have acquired a memorable nickname. Fitz Hall's team- mates call him "One Size".

Only two seasons ago the comm-anding central defender was playing in the Ryman League for Chesham United, having been released as a trainee by West Ham. Oldham brought him back to senior football before Gordon Strachan took him to St Mary's Stadium last July. When Hall's eligibility is confirmed he will follow Portsmouth midfielder Nigel Quashie - in line for his debut against Denmark on Wednesday - as the latest of Vogts' assimilated Scots. The manager says a third player's eligibility is being checked.

Vogts is impressed by Hall's physique and strength. "I have spoken to Paul Sturrock about him," he said. "He's a big lad, over 6ft. He's not played many games yet but he's always in the squad, always on the bench. First I have to speak to him and watch him. Maybe not to play in the two friendlies in May, but I have to watch him in training..."
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