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The Ghanaian Football Association have given their attempt to convince Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah to switch allegiances from England.
The striker will not play for the African side at the 2022 World Cup despite numerous attempts to tempt him to the Qatar tournament, with his chances of featuring for England non-existent.
Lewisham-born Nketiah is the England Under-21’s all-time top scorer with 16 goals in 17 games, taking the record off of Alan Shearer, but doesn’t look close to a senior cap.
At the Emirates Stadium the 23-year-old is a clear back-up behind striker Gabriel Jesus, only starting in the Europa League this season, where he has scored twice.
With his England chances remote, Ghana have made ‘several attempts’ to get him in their squad according to GHANAsoccernet, but they’ve now called off their pursuit.
The outlet reports that Nketiah is hesitant to switch allegiances, which would rule him out of ever playing for England’s senior side.
That’s despite the striker previously stating his interest in playing for Ghana back in August.
Ghana FA president Kurt Okraku has now ‘closed the door’ on the striker, despite having numerous successes elsewhere.
The Black Stars have already secured the services of Brighton right-back and former England youth player Tariq Lamptey, as well as Athletic Bilbao star striker Inaki Williams who has one cap for Spain.
Ghana also boast the likes of Arsenal’s Thomas Partey as well as Ajax prospect Mohamed Kudus and brothers Jordan and Andre Ayew, while they’ve made moves for Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The African nation are in Group H at the World Cup with Uruguay, Korea and Portugal, and will have hopes of making it through to the knockouts, with sights on repeating their 2010 quarter-final heroics.