Mason Greenwood might relaunch his international career with Jamaica.
Although Mason Greenwood has not yet made an appearance for Jamaica in international competition, he is still eligible to switch his allegiance from England.
More than 18 months after his initial arrest and subsequent allegations of attempted rape, engaging in controlling behavior, and assault, Greenwood’s club future has gotten a little clearer following Manchester United’s decision to end connections with the 21-year-old this week.
After key witnesses withdrew and “new material that came to light,” the Crown Prosecution Service determined in February 2023 that there was no longer a reasonable possibility of conviction. Greenwood was not absolved of the alleged offenses, while not having been proven guilty of them in a court of law, as he misrepresented in a statement this week.
Manchester United determined to support Greenwood in moving on with his career elsewhere following a six-month internal evaluation. The teams who have so far showed interest are more interested in a loan, even though a permanent transfer is preferred.
This week, 90min reported that Roma, which would mean a reunion with Jose Mourinho, is one team said to be willing to grant Greenwood an opportunity to launch his career. The player has already discussed a loan with Atalanta, Inter, Monaco, and teams in Germany, Turkey, and Spain, among others. The Saudi Pro League is still monitoring the circumstance.
For a player who played 135 first-team club games at the age of 20 before having his career cut short, Greenwood has hardly any senior international experience to speak about.
In September 2020, he made his England debut against Iceland in a UEFA Nations League match; however, two days later, he and Phil Foden violated Covid-19 quarantine restrictions in the team hotel before traveling to Denmark, leading to their dishonorable deportation from the nation.
The Daily Mail claims that when England manager Gareth Southgate met with Greenwood, the player’s family, and representatives from Manchester United in the fall of 2021, he was prepared to put the Iceland incident behind him. Young players frequently receive a second opportunity under Southgate as long as they have “good intentions.” Greenwood reportedly received advice at the conference on how to rejoin the England squad as a player rather than a starter.
In the end, Greenwood was not selected at that time, and it has been rumored that his team was not pleased with the press he gained for being called up but maybe not participating. For Euro 2020, Greenwood had already been named to a provisional team but withdrew due to an unspecified illness.
In 2022, Southgate reportedly continued to work on reintegrating Greenwood with an eye toward the World Cup, but the arrest and accompanying charges put a stop to those attempts.
Since January 22, 2022, Greenwood hasn’t played in a professional game, and during the period of Manchester United’s suspension, he hasn’t even trained in a professional club environment.
The Mail continues by saying that even if Greenwood were to restart his career and with it, a future on the international arena, he might not play for England at all. Due to his ancestry, he had the opportunity to represent Jamaica instead. Since 2021, the Jamaica Football Federation has expressed interest, and most recently, Greenwood was seen wearing the team’s tracksuit.
In accordance with FIFA rules governing international eligibility, Greenwood may switch his allegiance.
According to the 2020 revisions to the regulations, footballers may now change their allegiance as long as they haven’t competed in more than three senior international games before turning 21. Before, once a player made an appearance in a senior international match that was competitive, they were locked in for that nation. Greenwood was 18 years old when he made his sole appearance for England.