National football in Asia continues to evolve and improve and Indonesia are right in the center of it.
With the nation going through much success especially in youth competitions, the sky is the limit for Tim Garuda.
Triumphs in the AFF U-22 and AFF U-16 Championships are certainly highlights, but their senior team is also hoping to get the accolades along the way.
With that, there are certain players who want to represent the nation – players who have Indonesian blood but are also share other nationalities.
We take a look at five Indonesians with mixed heritage who want to represent The Red and White.
5. NAVARONE FOOR
First on the list is 27-year-old Dutch-Indonesian Navarone Foor.
Born in the Netherlands, Foor has represented the Dutch team in youth tournaments but is also eligible to play for Indonesia.
He currently plays for Dutch club Vitesse and should be a great addition as an attacking midfielder or winger.
4. BENJAMIN VAN LEER
View this post on Instagram
Another player who was born in the Netherlands, Benjamin Van Leer seems like a very good option as a goalkeeper if Indonesia see it fit.
At 26 years old, he has had experience at club level as he has played for teams like Jong PSV, Roda JC Kerkrade and he’s currently on loan to NAC Breda.
A tall player at 1.87m, he should be a towering presence between the sticks for The Red and White.
3. JOEY PELUPESSY
Next up, a third player who has both Dutch and Indonesian descent is Joey Pelupessy.
Yet to hit his prime at 25 years old, the defensive midfielder currently plays for English Football League Championship club Sheffield Wednesday.
He has also played for clubs FC Twente, Heracles Almelo and Jong FC Twente.
2. SANDY WALSH
— Bolalob.com (@Bolalob) February 6, 2019
Dutch-Indonesian Sandy Walsh is a defender who has risen through the ranks as he grew up in youth clubs like Anderlecht and Genk.
The 23-year-old has been with Belgian side Zulte Waregem since 2017, making 50 appearance so far.
Now Walsh was born in Belgium but his father is English-born and is of Irish descent. His mother is Swiss-born but Dutch-raised and she traces her roots to Indonesian descent.
This results in Walsh being eligible for a number of nations.
1. JORDY TUTUARIMA
Last but not least is Jordy Tutuarima who plays for Dutch club De Graafschap.
At 25 years old, he’s a reliable left back who’s played for other teams like SC Telstar and NEC.
Just like most on the list, he was born in the Netherlands and has represented the Dutch in U-17 competitions.
However, he also traces his Indonesian descent thanks to his grandfather.