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Bailey: ‘Lion’ post was just about my tattoo

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Some fans thought the Bayer Leverkusen star was hinting at an England World Cup call-up.

Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey clarified his comments after being linked to an England call-up for this summer’s World Cup after a tweet he posted caused a stir.

Bailey grabbed the attention of many fans on Wednesday as he posted a tweet about a new tattoo which hinted at an England call-up minutes before manager Gareth Southgate named his 23-man squad for Russia.

The 20-year-old uncapped Jamaican-born player could represent Germany under residency rules and has been linked to playing for the Three Lions due to two grandparents having English passports.

He tweeted a photograph of himself on a beach with the caption “Humble Lion” which caused excitement among fans, who began thinking Bailey was indicating an England call-up.

But on Thursday, he posted a video on Instagram in which he cleared up any rumours connected to his tweet, stating that the caption referred to his new tattoo of a lion’s face on his shoulder and not a Three Lions call-up.

He said: “I just wanted to clarify something. My last post had everything to do with my new tattoo – just to let you all know.”

Leon Bailey (leonbailey_9)
Leon Bailey explained the post was about his new lion tattoo in an Instagram video (leonbailey_9)

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Earlier this year, Bailey refused to pledge his international future to Jamaica, with whom he won one cap at under-23 level three years ago, and told Bild: “Which country I play for is still open.”

Southgate named his 23-man squad and five players on standby to travel to Russia for the finals which get under way next month with no mention of Bailey in his plans – this time around.

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