Terengganu FC’s England-born midfielder Lee Tuck has been forced to drop his dream of playing for the Malaysia national football team for the time being.
The 30-year-old was given a deadline to submit necessary document to earn a Malaysian passport and thereby be eligible to represent the Harimau Malaya. However, it looks like Tuck, whose maternal grandmother hails from Malaysia, was unable to provide the said files.
“I am unable to provide the documents needed to become a local player. I need more time to look for the papers, so when the time is right and everything is ready, I will try again,” said Tuck in a statement (via New Straits Times).
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“I still want to play for Malaysia, and hopefully, it will become a reality one day. I will continue to do what I can to get the documents ready. For now, I will focus on the Malaysia Super League with Terengganu,” the player said.
Tuck began his professional career with Halifax Town in England and moved to Thai club Nakhon Pathom in 2009. He represented various clubs in Thailand including Nakhon Ratchasima and Bangkok FC before moving to Malaysia’s Negeri Sembilan in 2016 via a short stint with Bangladesh’s Abahani Dhaka.
He joined his current club Terengganu in 2018 and scored six goals in 16 Malaysia Super League appearances last season.