Thursday, July 03, 2008
Arsenal Academy starlet snubs England for Ghana
Daniel Boateng has been putting in some fantastic performances for Arsenal’s youth teams that attracted the interest of the England youth coaches.
Over six foot tall and only 15 years old he has been playing in central defence forming a solid partnership with another starlet, Oliver Nicholas.
He has however decided after some thought to forgo the expected call to play for England’s U-17 team and choose his parents country, Ghana.
“I have made the choice to play for Ghana and my decision is final," Boateng said yesterday to the Ghanaian press.
"It is true that the English system gave me a lot in training but my heart is with Ghana where my parents come from.
"I also want to give something back to Ghana and I also know that playing for the country will also help enhance my career”.
This will have alerted coach Emmanuel Kwasi Afranie who is picking Ghana's U-17 team for the African and World Cup qualifiers.
Boateng is a centre back by trade, but he can also play left back or as a holding midfielder.
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