FIFA has allowed Germany under-21 international Ashkan Dejagah to switch allegiance and play for Iran at the Asian Cup next month.
FIFA approved a request from Iran and Dejagah, who was born in Tehran but raised in Germany and plays for Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg.
The governing body’s statutes allow players to change national teams before playing a senior competitive match, and if they always were eligible to represent their second-choice country.
Dejagah, 24, made headlines in 2007 when he refused to play against Israel under-21s, citing family reasons. Iran does not recognize Israel’s right to exist.
The 16-nation Asian Cup is played January 7-29 in Qatar.