He is the striker born and raised in England, eligible for Scotland and who has never even been to Northern Ireland.
But if QPR striker Conor Washington makes his international debut this week for Northern Ireland in the friendly against Wales after his shock call into Michael O’Neill’s squad, it is likely his heart will always belong to Wales.
Washington’s story is part Jamie Vardy, part Roy of the Rovers.
Just over four years ago he was delivering post around St Ives, Cambridgeshire, and is now a multi-million pound Championship striker, chasing the Premier League dream.
Wales has been central to the rise and rise of Washington, who qualifies to play for Northern Ireland through the grandparent rule. It seems appropriate that Cardiff is the destination where he could make his international bow.
Washington, 23, is part of Newport County folklore, representing the club’s past, present and future thanks to the deal that would see him depart Rodney Parade.
He might be the most important signing the club ever made.
Signed by Justin Edinburgh for about £5,000 in autumn 2012, Washington was the ideal gamble for a then-Conference club with Football League aspirations. He was cheap, he was willing and his goal record in the lower leagues was unbelievable.
He struggled initially, living away from home, playing a higher standard, training full-time and particularly when the goals dried up.
“I told my mum I wanted to come back,” he said.
It was a far cry from the previous season, five divisions further down the pyramid, where Washington scored 53 goals in 50 games for St Ives in the United Counties League, Premier Division.
Despite Washington contributing just one goal, Newport were promoted to the Football League via a trip to Wembley and the promotion would make him, not break him.
Seven goals before Christmas in League Two saw Washington go from being Edinburgh’s fourth choice striker to his main man.
It was no shock at all when Peterborough signed him for a fee in the region of £200,000 in the 2014 January transfer window.