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FC Dallas' John called up to Greek squad

Greece national team boss Fernando Santos has called up FC Dallas defender George John to train with the squad prior to their clash with Ecuador on June 7.

The 24-year old second generation Greek-American, who is yet to be capped at international level, will not play in the match but is delighted to have received the call from the Ethniki.

He also said in a statement released through his agent that he would still be open to a USA call-up if it was to come his way.

"It is a tremendous honor to be invited to join the Greek national team. 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," he said.

"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."

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