"I couldn"t pretend to be Welsh": Birmingham-born Turner rejects Coleman"s advances

'I couldn't pretend to be Welsh': Birmingham-born Turner rejects Coleman's advances

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14:03 GMT, 27 October 2012

Cardiff City's Ben Turner has turned his back on the chance to play international football for Wales, admitting he did not want to 'kid' anyone.

The 24-year-old defender qualifies to play for Chris Coleman's side through his Welsh grandmother – and the Wales boss had been scouting his progress.

Yet Turner, who has represented England at Under 19 level, was quick to reject the offer of changing allegiance, saying he did not want to 'pretend to be a Welshman'.

'Clear conscience': Ben Turner (right) will not be playing for Wales

'Clear conscience': Ben Turner (right) will not be playing for Wales

'I’m English and that’s how it is,' the Birmingham-born player told the BBC.

'I wouldn’t want to stop anyone for wanting to play international football if they felt it was right for them and they can justify it in their own head.

Familiar face: Chris Coleman worked with Turner at Coventry

Familiar face: Chris Coleman worked with Turner at Coventry

'But I couldn’t justify it for me and clear my own conscience.

'It would be like I was pretending to be a Welshman when I’m not.

'I wouldn’t want to kid anyone but at the same time I don’t want to annoy anyone either because that’s not my style.

'It was very flattering to be asked and I know Chris Coleman well from when we were both at Coventry.

'It went through my head that “who am I to turn down playing for Wales”

'But I’m not doing it because of that, I’m doing it for my own reasons which are the right reasons.

'Would a Welsh guy asked to play for England, would he do that

'I probably won’t have the chance to play for England but, in my head, that’s not the point.'