With Kosovo not yet officially a member of FIFA or UEFA, his debut won't formally nail his colours to the mast - but there is no doubt where his allegiances lie.
"It was an obvious decision for me to do this - it just hadn't been clear whether Kosovo would manage to get a national team in previous years," he told the Manchester Evening News.
"When I heard about it I was really happy and was so keen to come. I actually played for Kosovo's under-20s at a tournament in Switzerland during the summer, and we played against Ghana and Egypt, so I was proud to wear the shirt then and look forward to doing it again."
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