Rani Khedira impressed with Augsburg in the Bundesliga
It’s not that usual that a chance to play in a World Cup arises. But Sami Khedira’s brother, Rani had this opportunity and rejected it! Rani, who also plays as a midfielder with Bundesliga club Augsburg received a call from the Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) to represent the country. Nonetheless, he chose to follow his brother’s footsteps and commit his international career for Germany.
Rani Khedira, 24, was born in Germany from a German mother and a Tunisian father. When he was in the youth levels, he played for Germany. But until now he hasn’t registered any senior international caps for no country. After the FTF’s proposal, Khedira talked with his club’s website and said:
“I’m proud that Tunisia considered me, but I was born in Germany and only speak German. That was the deciding factor.
“It was a long process. My Dad is a proud Tunisian. I carry both countries in my heart and wish them both well. It’s the right decision, though.”
Besides that, Khedira felt that he should leave his place for other Tunisians who fought to take the country to Russia 2018.
“I don’t think it’s fair I take the place of players who have worked their socks off for the last two years to reach the World Cup, either.”
Rani Khedira is the second player to reject playing for Tunisia in less than a year. In fact, Sevilla’s forward Wissam Ben Yedder rejected the African team as he hopes for a call from the French Football Federation. Khedira’s snub also means that he won’t follow the steps of the Boateng brothers who play for separate nations (Germany and Ghana).