In a move that has received extensive coverage in current sports and betting news, Former Premier League striker Rob Earnshaw has confirmed he still harbours hopes of playing again for Wales after making his debut for MLS side Toronto FC last weekend.
Earnshaw played 85 minutes on his first appearance for the Canadian side but failed to convert a handful of chances as his team lost to Vancouver 1-0. It was nevertheless a promising performance and fans in the Premier League betting world are expecting a big season ahead for the 31-year-old.
Evidently the striker is also confident of making an impact in American soccer, which could earn a return call-up from Welsh boss Chris Coleman.
“I love playing for Wales. I’m never going to give that up,” Earnshaw, who hasn’t played for the national side since last August, told BBC Sport.
“The reason I actually came out here was to carry on my Wales career. I spoke with Chris Coleman at the end of last year and he said ‘listen, go and play games and you’ll be involved’.”
Indeed, while some fans argue playing in the MLS is a means to seeing out your career in obscurity, many others agree the games Earnshaw will get for Toronto can greatly boost his chances of playing for Wales again.
His fitness, match sharpness and hunger will all be rekindled in the MLS after spending the last few months without a club. Since dropping out of the Cardiff first team, the 31-year-old joined Maccabi Tel Aviv on loan but failed to make a major impact and was soon back in his home country.
After discussing the Toronto opportunity with Coleman, it is clear Earnshaw can benefit from a stint in the MLS and his presence in America can only aid his chances of playing in the famous Welsh shirt once more.