Swiss switch for Chiumiento

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Le Mans midfielder Davide Chiumiento has declared that he wants to play for the Swiss national side.

The former Juventus man originally harboured a desire to represent Italy. However, a day before his 21st birthday he has switched his loyalty to Switzerland.

FIFA rules state that a player with joint nationality can make a one-off switch in allegiance before they reach 21, as long they have not played at senior level.

Chiumiento has been highly influential in Le Mans' rise to 10th in France's Ligue 1 and Swiss coach Koebi Kuhn has been desperate to involve him in the senior team.

However, the highly rated playmaker had rejected two previous call-ups before his recent change of heart..

"It became more and more clear to me that it was the right thing to play for Switzerland," said Chiumiento who also denied that Swiss qualification for the World Cup Finals had influenced his decision.

Kuhn has also been buoyed by the news that FC Thun's Eldin Jakupovic has made himself available for the national side.

He was born in Bosnia but moved to Switzerland at the age of five. However, he only received a Swiss passport three years ago.

Jakupovic was subsequently called up for the play-off matches against Turkey.