Danny Higginbotham is set to begin his international career at the ripe old age of 34.

The former Stoke City defender has agreed to play for Gibraltar after being personally asked by their manager, Allen Bula.

The former Premier League player currently plays for non-league side Chester after being released by Stoke City in the summer following the appointment of new manager Mark Hughes.

Higginbotham qualifies to play for the British Overseas Territory through his Spanish grandmother and, following Uefa's approval, is ready to assist his new side in qualification for the European Championships in 2016.

Uefa approved the English born defender's application in May and he could feature in their first international friendly, which is expected to be staged next year.

He confirmed this news on his Twitter account, saying: "I can confirm in principle that I have agreed to represent Gibraltar and am looking forward to the adventure."

Higginbotham has also assured Chester fans that he will not be missing any games in favour of his international call-up.

"I have had contact with Gibraltar and made it clear that I don't want to miss any games for Chester. That has been agreed," he added.

Gibraltar itself has a lower population than San Marino with just 30,000 but they have previously played in the Island Games and are still yet to play a Uefa-sanctioned match.

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