Google honors Asian pioneer Frank Soo, England's forgotten footballer

LONDON: Frank Soo , the first and only player of Asian heritage to represent the England national football team was honored by Google Saturday on the anniversary of his debut for his country.

Soo, born in Derbyshire For a Chinese father and English mother in 1914, he became a pioneer in the sport after signing for Stoke as a teenager in 1933.

The first player of Chinese descent to play in the English Football League, he later became the first non-white player to be selected by England for a wartime friendly against Wales in 1942.

Often referred to as England's forgotten football er, Soo would go on to make nine international appearances -- although none were recognised as official caps during World War II.

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In collaboration with the Frank Soo Foundation, Google created a Doodle of Soo on their UK homepage to honor his memory and celebrate his inspiring legacy.

Soo, who captained Stanley Matthews while playing for Stoke, also proved Leicester Luton and Chelmsford City .

He left England to take over as Padua's coach in Italy's Serie A in the early 1950s before a long stint in Scandinavia with several different clubs.

Soo also led Norway at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki.

He eventually returned to England and died in 1991 at the age of 76.

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