England World Cup hero Liam Plunkett open to playing for USA

England World Cup hero Liam Plunkett says he would be open to playing for the United States in the future.

Plunkett has not featured for England since he took figures of 3-42 against New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup final to help Eoin Morgan’s side lift the trophy for the first time in history.

The 35-year-old was not part of England’s one-day squads over the winter and was left out of the bumper 55-man training group that was announced last week.

Plunkett, whose wife is American, says he will likely settle in the US and insists he would be open to playing for the country, who earned one-day international status at the beginning of 2019.

‘It would be nice be involved in some sort of cricket over there,’ Plunkett told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Tuffers and Vaughan Show.

‘My kids might be American, so it would be quite cool to say to them that I played for England and the US.

‘I’m English and I’ll always be an Englishman, but if I’m still fit and there’s an opportunity to play at the highest level, why would I not take it?

‘If I go over there and end up being a US citizen, or have a green card, I can help the development, especially being someone who has just finished with England. It would be nice to get involved in that.’

Plunkett was a mainstay in England’s World Cup-winning team but says he is over the disappointment of being dropped in the aftermath of the tournament.

The Surrey bowler added: ‘After the World Cup I had a brief chat with management and they didn’t really say I wouldn’t be involved – it was left a bit up in the air – and the selections for last winter, I found out on Twitter I wasn’t involved which obviously disappointed me.

‘If somebody had just spoken to me and said “this is the route we’re going, with young players because you won’t be around for the next World Cup”, I’d be happy.

‘I’d come back from a long time out, played the last four years and won a World Cup, I’d be happy to step aside.

‘But I’m not going to sit here and continue to be upset. I’m not bitter.

‘Eight months ago I was disappointed with how it had been dealt with but I want the new players to come in and do well now.’

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