Fonte has been in England even longer than Frenchman Schneiderlin and is another that in theory would be eligible for England due to residency rules, having been regularly overlooked by Portugal
The lack of recognition seems particularly harsh on the duo given the way Southampton's English players have been embraced by their national set-up, with Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez and Luke Shaw all vying for a World Cup berth.
"That's the mentality in France and Portugal," Schneiderlin said. "More opportunities are given in England.
"In England if you have two months of playing very well you're ready and on the list to play for England but that's not the case in France.
"Even if me and Jose have three good years we're still not in our national team, but that's life.
"We just need to carry on, maybe we're unlucky to come from France and Portugal."
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