Latvian links fuel Derby County keeper Adam Legzdins' international call-up hopes
DERBY County goalkeeper Adam Legzdins says he would be open to the possibility of playing international football for Latvia.
Legzdins was born in Staffordshire but has Latvian grandparents.
The 25-year-old is currently enjoying his longest run in the Derby side, having played the last seven games in the absence of the injured Frank Fielding.
And while his main priority is keeping his place in the team, the former Burton Albion stopper is also keen to test himself on the international stage.
"When I was at Burton, it was brought to my attention that the vice-president of the Latvian FA had made contact regarding my availability," said Legzdins.
"I spoke to him several times but, since then, I haven't heard anything.
"My priority at the moment is to keep my place here at Derby but I'd never say never if Latvia got back in touch.
"I'll keep my head down and see what happens."
Legzdins, who is set to line up for the Rams against Championship table-toppers Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park today, added: "I'd like to further my career and test myself at every level.
"International football is international football and it would be something I'd have to consider.
"I don't particularly want to squash a boyhood dream of playing for England but you have to be realistic and there are people ahead of me.
"When you're a boy, you imagine playing for England at Wembley.
"But I've seen what it brings to (Birmingham-born team-mate) Jamie Ward when he goes to play for Northern Ireland. It's a great experience and many people have thrived from playing for a different country (other than their place of birth).
"I'm just happy to be playing in the Championship and whatever that brings me, we'll have to wait and see."
Legzdins has never been to Latvia but is proud of his Eastern European roots.
"Both my dad's parents are Latvian," he added.
"It was hard for my grandma, who left a war-torn country when she was 16 and never saw her mum and dad again.
"She became a refugee who travelled across Europe and ended up in England. She only died a couple of years ago.
"I've always wanted to go there but my family thought it would bring back too many bad memories for my grandma.
"I'm very proud of my heritage and I'm sure it's something my grandparents would be proud of, if I got the chance to play for Latvia.
"It's something I'd have to consider if the situation came about."
Latvia regained its independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991 and returned to international football the same year.
They were surprise qualifiers for the European Championships in 2004, beating Turkey in a two-legged play-off before bowing out in the group stages of the finals.
Latvia's current number one keeper is 32-year-old Andris Vanins, who plays his club football for FC Sion in Switzerland.