(File pix) Lee Tuck has no qualms about surrendering his British passport for a Malaysian one to allow him to don national colours. NSTP/MOHAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI

KUALA LUMPUR: Terengganu midfielder Lee Tuck has no qualms about surrendering his British passport for a Malaysian one to allow him to don national colours.

Tuck, whose grandmother is Malaysian, said giving up his British passport was not a huge issue for him.

Under Fifa rules, players must have ancestral ties to the country which they wish to represent with either a parent or grandparent born there.

It also reads that a player must live for at least five years after reaching the age of 18 on the territory of the relevant association and has never played for any other national team.

"I will do it if it will make me a Malaysian player," said Tuck.

"It has been my dream from the start to play for Harimau Malaya. I now regard Malaysia my home.

“My heart is now here and this will never change".

Tuck hopes to follow the footsteps of many heritage and foreign-born players who have been granted Malaysian citizenship in the past.

He is now waiting for the FA of Malaysia (FAM) for a decision on this matter.

Among the foreign-born players who have represented Malaysia are Brendan Gan, Matthew Davies and Kiko Insa.