West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie has backed Welliton's bid to play for Russia.
Russians are currently debating the more complex issue of whether Spartak Moscowâ€™s Brazilian striker Welliton should take citizenship and be welcomed into the national team.
Similar debates provoke passionate and ideological viewpoints in England, most recently over the potential for Evertonâ€™s Spaniard Mikel Arteta to play for Fabio Capelloâ€™s team.
"If the player and the FA are in agreement, what would be the problem? Look at what happens in European countries: there are Brazilians and Africans.
"But if naturalization has only one benefit - to improve results - it is fundamentally the wrong approach.
"It is important that the player loves the country he is going to play for. We must ask Welliton: is Russia in his heart? It is important for him to know the Russian language."