Much-travelled Zak Whitbread aims to put Leicester City on the map
Born in Houston, Texas, but raised in Singapore and Runcorn, Leicester City defender Zak Whitbread refers to himself, in a Scouse accent, as the most un-American of Americans.
Although he has English parents, Whitbread has opted to represent the country of his birth at international level and hopes one day to add a full cap to his under-20 and under-23 USA caps.
Although he says he will be neutral when the USA and Europe do battle in the Ryder Cup in Chicago today, Whitbread is hoping to catch the eye of national coach Jurgen Klinsmann by helping City challenge for promotion.
"I only lived in the States for a couple of years, so I am the most un-American American you could ever meet," said Whitbread.
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"My parents are English and my dad worked over there as a coach. We came back to Runcorn when I was two, but then we went to Singapore for five years and I came back when I was 15.
"I played for the USA under-20s and under-23s and I have been called up to the full national team a couple of times but, for one reason or another, I haven't been able to get that full cap. But I hope somewhere down the line I will."
To do that, Whitbread must establish himself in the City side and he says he is now ready for action after battling for full fitness having missed much of the pre-season.
The 28-year-old had to battle back from a calf injury on his own during the summer as his contract with Norwich expired, but after a frustrating summer he says he is ready to help City's cause and will be in the first-team squad for the trip to Middlesbrough tomorrow.
"I just have to wait for my chance now," said Whitbread.
"I am ready if called upon. Football can be a strange game, so I have to be patient. The lads have done well and got some good results. As long as we win, that is the main thing."