Journalist: England shouldn't be worried by recent allegiance changes, they're not a big blow
We’re delighted to welcome Breaking The Lines co-founder Zach Lowy as our exclusive columnist. Each week the journalist will be giving his expert views on the biggest talking points on wonderkids across the UK…
England shouldn’t be too worried about losing Tariq Lamptey, Eddie Nketiah and Callum Hudson-Odoi to Ghana, because they’re not better than their current options.
The three Premier League ace’s are reportedly close to confirming their switch of allegiance to their African heritage, with the trio likely to be part of the Black Star’s squad for the World Cup later this year.
But while they’re taking themselves out of the selection pool for the Three Lions for the rest of their career, Lowy believes it isn’t a big blow for Gareth Southgate but it could be a great boost for Ghana’s aspirations.
“I don’t think any of those are too big a blow, honestly,” he told The Football Wonderkids.
“I think that Lamptey is the biggest blow out of those because I think he’s a very good right-back. All of them are good players, but I mean Lamptey – is he a better right-back than Trent Alexander-Arnold? Or Kyle Walker? Or Reece James? I don’t think so.
“Eddie Nketiah, is he a better centre-forward than the likes of Harry Kane? I don’t think so.
“But the fact as they say is one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and that could definitely be the case for Ghana. So long as these players feel good and want to represent Ghana then I don’t think it should be an issue.
“Obviously a player like Nketiah who was born and raised in England is going to want to represent England, but if it doesn’t work out then it shouldn’t be considered a front to go back and choose Ghana.
“One thing I thought was really interesting was Inaki Williams got interviewed on this and he was saying he does not feel Ghanaian enough, born and raised in Spain, and he did not want to take away an opportunity from someone who feels Ghanaian and I think that was a really good perspective.”
Nketiah will be keen to be a regular for Arsenal after signing a new long-term contract at the club, while Lamptey and Hudson-Odoi will want to put their injury problems behind them and find a consistent level of form ahead of the tournament in Qatar.
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