FIFA announced on Friday that former England defender Steven Caulker has switched eligibility to represent Sierra Leone.
Caulker, who has a grandparent from Sierra Leone, can now be selected for the African Cup of Nations.
Caulker will turn 30 before the tournament starts on Jan. 9 in Cameroon. Sierra Leone share a group with Algeria, Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea.
The defender was with Tottenham when making his only appearance for England in November 2012, scoring in a 4-2 loss at Sweden. The game is best known for Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring his fourth goal with a long-distance overhead kick.
Because that game was a friendly and Caulker never played in a competition game for England, FIFA rules let him switch eligibility to a country where he always had a family link. Caulker currently plays in Turkey with Gaziantep, on loan from Fenerbahçe.