My lad, also born in Burnley General, raised in Brierclffe, Welshman through and through ! Doesn't matter where he's raised.
Can't agree. If I moved to Morocco and had a child, would that child be a Lancastrian?
Think of it this way, the amount of Indian and Polish families you see around with their young children. The children were born in England but their Mums and Dads talk to them in Indian/Polish, they eat Indian/Polish food they might even watch Indian/Polish TV at home, even music!
Now to me, I would say for instance, that kid is Polish. They have a Polish name, speak Polish, everything I assume a normal child would do in Poland they're just living in a different country. Surely this must be the case for most if not all the Italian squad. Bit harder to say for the Americans as Aus and USA isn't a massive lifestyle change.
Maybe all that's a bit more obvious to me having lived in a building where the Polish outnumbered the English 2:1. And also when I take my daughter to playgroup and the park etc.
But if we agree and say that the criteria you're using is right, the logical conclusion of the argument would be that most of the Aussies playing for Italy shouldn't be there. How many of them speak Italian, watch Italian TV, or even are 2nd generation and are culturally Italian in any other ways?
Not saying I agree with you, but even if we do hold opposite opinions isn't the conclusion the same? If nothing else you'd have to concede, by your own measure, that the Aussies selected are significantly less Italian than a number of Italian players(in Italy) who could have been selected?
No problem with some of the Kiwis/Aussies who represent the Island nations, in theory I'm not against some guys representing two nations (Uate, for example) but the Pettybourne decision and Italian squad is a couple of steps too far in my view.
Anyway can't see much universal agreement on the topic.