Tannane picks Morocco over Holland

Oussame Tannane has pledged his international allegiance to Morocco over Netherlands where he started his professional football career.

The Saint Etienne winger is a Morocco-born Dutchman and represented the Netherlands at various age group levels while playing for the likes of Jong Ajax and PSV outfits prior to his professional breakthrough with Heerenveen.

After leaving De Superfriezen the 21-year old joined Heracles where he developed into one of the most highly rated Eredivisie attackers, scoring seven goals and registering three assists in the first eleven games of 2015/2016 campaign – which led to a move to Les Verts in January.

In a dramatic turn of events, Frenchman Herve Renard was appointed coach of the Atlas Lions and immediately drafted Tannane into his 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers plans as they face Cape Verde later this month.

Tannane admitted his former coach assured him that he'll become an integral part of the senior Netherlands set-up, but he couldn't refuse the chance to represent the country of his birth.

"I feel both Dutch and Moroccan, and I have played for the youth of Netherlands with great pride,” Tannane told Royal Dutch Football Association’s official website.

"But at some point you have to make a choice as a player. Fred Grim [Netherlands youth coach] has discussed this with me a lot and said that I can look forward to a fine international career in the Netherlands. But my heart goes out to Morocco.

"It's a childhood dream to play football for the national team of Morocco."