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Hunt graces his fatherland

Having opted to play for Germany, Aaron Hunt could be taking on his mother's home country, England, in an important Under-21 qualifier tonight.

German birthplace
Hunt was born in Goslar 19 years ago, and at the time nobody could have guessed he would have such a decision to make about his international loyalties. However, when Germany's Under-21 coach Dieter Eilts came calling a few weeks ago, the striker, who turned 19 on Sunday, suddenly faced a dilemma.

Historic strike
As the son of an English mother and German father, the talented forward, who became Bremen's youngest-ever goalscorer in a 2-0 win against VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach last February aged 18 years and 161 days, had the option of representing either country.

Decision made
After considering his options, Hunt chose to put Germany first. "I spoke to Bremen's general manager Klaus Allofs and national coach Dieter Eilts because the chance of playing for England was obviously on my mind. However, now I have decided to represent Germany," explained Hunt.

No persuasion needed
"I didn't need persuading and I feel it is the right decision," he added. "I play in Germany and will receive more attention here. I also know the officials. But I must admit that I wasn't approached by the English Football Association."

Debut beckoning
England may regret that decision as they take on Germany in a UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier in Mainz tonight. An unused substitute in the 2-0 victory against Azerbaijan last Friday, Hunt could well make his debut in the decisive Group 6 game as Germany battle for pole position with his mother's native land.

'Chance against England'
Hunt's chances of selection are quite good. With both sides having secured at least a play-off place, former Bremen midfielder Eilts insisted: "I haven't got a first XI and a second XI. Therefore I will give some of the players that didn't start on Friday a chance against England."

No gifts
However, having taken seven wins and two draws from his nine matches in charge, Eilts is taking the tie seriously indeed. "We want to extend our unbeaten run," said the 40-year-old. "Both teams like to get forward and score goals and I see no reason to change our normal approach."

Chelsea clash
The England game is not only special for Hunt. Chelsea FC defender Robert Huth, who might have preferred to be in the senior Germany squad for friendlies against Slovakia and South Africa, is looking forward to tackling two of his Chelsea team-mates.

'Special match'
"Glen Johnson and Carlton Cole are both in the England squad and therefore it is a special match for me," said Huth. "I am sure it will be interesting."