St Johnstone teen Tristan Nydam contacted by Zimbabwe over international switch

Tristan Nydam in action against St Mirren (Image: SNS)
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The England U19 international was born in Zimbabwe and ZIFA want him to commit at senior level.

St Johnstone starlet Tristan Nydam has been urged to play for Zimbabwe and give up his England dreams.

The on loan Ipswich Town has made five appearances for Tommy Wright’s men this season and is due to return to Paul Lambert’s club in January.

But he’s been offered the chance to pledge his international future to Zimbabwe, despite being capped by England at Under 18s and Under 19s level.

Nydam was born in Zimbabwe and the African nation’s manager Wellington Mupandare wants the St Johnstoneteenager to play for them.

He said: “Obviously there is plenty we need to do to convince Tristan Nydam and we are also trying to persuade Reiss Nelson, who is on loan at Hoffenheim from Arsenal.

“We really need them and we will do our best to get them.”

Zimbabwe are on the brink of qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Cup and see the Saints star as a big part of their plans.

Celtic’s Kundai Benyu has two caps for Zimbabwe after making his debut in 2017.