Arsenal star told to wait before switching international allegiance

Bobby Zamora has urged Eddie Nketiah to wait for the England senior national team before switching allegiance to Ghana.

The striker is a record goal-scorer for the England Under21 team, but he is struggling to become a household name in senior football.

The last few weeks before the 2021/2022 season ended were good for him and he seems to be staying at Arsenal as a testament to that.

But his international future remains uncertain, and it is hard to see him play for the current senior England national team.

The Ghanaian national team has approached him as they plan for the next FIFA World Cup. Chelsea’s Callum Hudson Odoi and Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey have also been asked to switch allegiance.

However, Zamora, who has two caps for England, says they should wait.

He said, as quoted by Express Sports: “I bided my time to see if I could get in that England squad, and I finally did, and it was probably one of the best moments of my life.

“For the guys mentioned, they’re so close and so young. I think it’s probably a bit too early for them to jump ship. All of those guys have got the ability to make a real difference and make a big impact for England.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

The choice of international allegiance is a very tricky decision for players nowadays and they need to think very well before making it.

England has an endless pool of top players and it will be hard for Nketiah to beat the strikers ahead of him to make the team in the nearest future.

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  1. Eddie will be a star for Ghana. He will probably have a chance to knock England out of the cup for Ghana at the world cup too.
    England has a plethora of overrated talent. Media narratives always seem to influence team set up and that affects the output.

  2. I think he’s close to taking abraham and DCL out of the english team.kane still the king though.

  3. I’m English and like many of us we have fractions of other nationalities in our DNA In my case, from Ireland.
    I try to imagine switching my allegiance to another country and I find I can’t even contemplate it. I’m English and even if my only chance of playing in an international competition involved me becoming Irish even then I couldn’t do it. It reminds me of our foreign England managers being forced to sing God Save the Queen.

    1. @SueP
      Rice and Grealish were ostracised by their Irish kinfolk for choosing to cap for England, their birth place, over Ireland, their ancestral homeland.

    2. There is nothing as selfish as a modern day football player. They will go where where there is total satisfaction, exposure and pay . They will chase international statistics and everything that comes with that .

  4. You should represent the country for who you are, regardless of where you were born.

    If a sparrow is born in a cuckoos next, it is still a sparrow.

    1. Interesting analogy. Okay I am irish-born, brought up in London and live in Spain. COYG!
      But if you ask, I am Irish through and through…

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