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SIMUNOVIC CONFIRMS SWITCH TO BOSNIA

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JOZO SIMUNOVIC has confirmed he will make the international switch from Croatia to Bosnia, as CQN reported yesterday. 

The Celtic central defender has grown frustrated at being overlooked by the nation of his birth, despite representing them from Under-16s to 21s levels.

Simunovic, 22, was approached by Bosnian boss Mehmed Bazdarevic and asked to consider his options.

The Zagreb-born centre-half is eligible to make the switch because of family roots.

He said: “I have decided to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“My parents and my grandparents are all from Bosnia and Herzegovina. I was contacted by national coach Mehmed Bazdarevic and after our first meeting he gave me time to think about it.

“I then spoke to all my family and decided to play for my country.

“After that, I had several more meetings with Mehmed Bazdarevic and came to the definite decision I wanted to play for him and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“I stand by my decision and cannot wait to play for them.”

Now the Hoops star is set to make his full international debut in their World Cup double-header against Cyprus and Gibraltar next month.

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