George Baldock says his new Sheffield United teammate is urging him to make his international debut by playing for Greece.
Baldock was set to receive his first call-up for the country during the international break in March. This was of course put on hold by the coronavirus outbreak.
Baldock is eligible to play for Greece through his grandfather and has previously revealed there have been talks with the nation about playing for them.
The 27-year-old has been in excellent form this season since the Blades earned promotion to the Premier League. Baldock has played every minute of their top flight campaign to date, scoring two goals and providing three assists.
This form has clearly caught the eye of national team manager, John van ‘t Schip.
The Blade urging George Baldock to play for Greece
Since January, Baldock has had a potential international teammate alongside him at Bramall Lane. Panos Retsos joined United on loan from Bayer Leverkusen during the most recent transfer window. The Blades have the option to make that move permanent.
Retsos has played just once since arriving in South Yorkshire, coming off the bench during the FA Cup fifth round victory over Reading. The 21-year-old has also been among the unused substitutes for three league games.
Yet despite his lack of game time, Retsos has clearly made something of an impression on Baldock.
“Panos is a top lad and he’s fitted in really well,” the right-back told the Sheffield Star.
“It’s funny because he sits near me in the dressing room, not right next to me but in my eye line, and he wants me to go and do it.
“He’s not taught me any phrases yet but, if it does happen, I’m sure he will.”
Retsos has played five times for Greece and once football returns, could be lining up alongside Baldock for both his country and United.