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Baggott Ruled Out of Indonesia U23s
Thursday, 19th May 2022 10:17

Blues centre-half Elkan Baggott won’t now be joining up with the Indonesia U23s squad at the SEA Games in Vietnam.

As reported last week, Town refused permission for the 19-year-old to make the trip ahead of the tournament as he was required at Portman Road, first by the senior side and then the U23s for their end-of-season matches.

However, once Town’s season was over, Baggott was then free to join up with the Indonesian youngsters and was set to do so earlier this week, but has now been ruled out due to a knock.

Indonesia have reached the semi-finals and face Thailand today having finished second in their group and it was hoped that Baggott would add strength to their side during the latter stages of the competition.

Baggott, who made his first two League One appearances in the final weeks of the season, is still due to join up with Indonesia's senior squad for a training camp from May 24th, which will include a friendly against Bangladesh in Bandung on June 1st, ahead of Asian Cup qualifiers in Kuwait where they will face the hosts, Jordan and Nepal.

Born in Thailand to an English father and Indonesian mother, Baggott has previously won six full Indonesia caps, featuring regularly and scoring his first international goal at the AFF Suzuki Cup in January.

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Orraman added 11:33 - May 19
Not disappointed by this news. Without the vast amount of travelling and the chance to give his body a rest he will now be fit and ready for day one of pre season training

Pessimist added 14:24 - May 19
He was born in Bangkok and should be playing for Thailand and not Indonesia. He has an English father and an Indonesian mother, and we now know who wears the trousers in his house! Thailand has a far greater chance of qualifying for World Cup events in the future than Indonesia, so he has picked the wrong horse.

Tractor_Boy_in_HK added 14:45 - May 19
Considering Indonesia doesn't allow dual citizenship, I have no idea how he has a visa to play in the UK (being facetious as I'm sure he didn't give up his British citizenship) -- and before people mention FIFA, I'm not talking about footballing rules, I am talking about Indonesian law. You have an Indonesian passport, it's illegal to have another once you are over the age of 18. And FIFA requires players to have a passport of the country they are playing for...

I really do wonder how he managed to pull this off...

Marcus added 21:20 - May 19
@Tractor_Boy_in_HK - just need a politician to make an exception to the rule. Wouldn't happen here, especially not seniors in the Tory Party party.

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