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Danny Batth desperate to play for India on international stage

Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Danny Batth would like to represent India, who he qualifies for through his father, but has so far been left frustrated in his attempts.

Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Danny Batth has outlined his aspirations of representing India at international level.

The 26-year-old central defender qualifies for the Indian national team through his father, who is from the northern state of Punjab.

Batth is open to the prospect of representing the country but, despite Englishman Stephen Constantine managing the side, he has so far been left frustrated in his attempts to pull on the Blue Tigers' strip.

"My dad was born in India and came to England when he was 12 years old. As a product of that, I am half-Indian, so obviously it opens up the opportunity to seek an opportunity to play for the national team," he told Sky Sports News.

"It's something I would like to have the option of doing. I think it's the only country in the world where they don't like players from different countries coming back to play and represent them.

"I think it is [a shame] because obviously it's a great nation. There is a lot of representation (people of Indian origin) in England as well, and I'm sure they would love nothing more than seeing someone born in England playing for the national team."

Batth came through Wanderers' academy ranks, featuring a further 39 times for the club in the Championship last season.

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