Taiwan’s English manager Gary White has been using his connections like he said he would after his appointment. He stated he knew of 6 or 7 European based players that he was looking at getting involved in the national set-up with the view to get them representing the country.
True to his word, Ross County’s Tim Chow and Crystal Palace youth team player Will Donkin were called up and played some part in the last game, an Asian Cup Qualifier away to Turkmenistan.
The CTFA (Chinese Taipei Football Association) have really backed Gary White in these efforts in an attempt to raise the level of Taiwan’s national team as they do their best to surge up the rankings in the aim of reaching the top 100 of the FIFA rankings.
For the up-and-coming CTFA cup, he has managed to call up another young player based in Europe. Karl Josefsson of Djurgårdens football club based in Stockholm, Sweden. Similarly to Will Donkin, he is 17 and his parents are from Sweden and Taiwan.
It’s a smart move from Taiwan’s new management to get these young players involved with the national team while also capping them at the earliest opportunity. Most of them are at the start of their professional journey as a footballer, and if any of them manage to make it to the very top to play in one of the ‘big leagues’ it would be a massive coup for Taiwan as a football nation.