FC Dallas defender George John has been called into the Greek National Team. Head coach Fernando Santo has named a 20 man squad for a Euro qualifying match on June 4, 2011 at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus with a friendly in New York on June 7 at Citi Field. The currently unattached John will join the Greek team in New York and will participate in training but will not appear in the match against Ecuador.
"It is a tremendous honor to be invited to join the Greek national team," John said in a released statement. "I would like to thank EPO (Hellenic Football Federation) president Sofoklis Pilavios, national team technical director Takis Fyssas and national team coach Fernando Santos for this opportunity. I am looking forward to meeting the team in New York. As a new player, I need to use that time to get to know the staff and the players."
John has been previously called up by the US, In December 2010, John was invited to the U.S. national team’s training camp in
preparation for a friendly match against Chile on January 22, 2011, but at that time John was still recovering from minor off-season surgery to remove bone spurs in his ankle and as a result he was unable to attend camp.
John is still eligible for both countries and seems to be making moves to remain so leaving the door open perhaps for a US call up. even if he were to play in a friendly for Greece he could make a one time switch to the US but would not be able to switch back.
"I am fully aware of FIFA statutes regarding international eligibility, and that I will remain eligible to represent the United States for at least the short term. If I receive an invitation from the U.S. national team, I will give it consideration at that time. It would not be appropriate for me to make any further comments about my international future. It is very important to me that I show respect to both EPO and U.S. Soccer."
Following the matches against Malta and Ecuador, Greece’s next match is a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina on August 10, 2011. Greece then resumes UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying with a match against Israel on September 2, 2011 and a match
against Latvia on September 6, 2011.
Greece currently leads UEFA EURO 2012 qualification Group F with 10 points, one point clear of Croatia.