English player of Ghanaian descent, Danny Welbeck has said that no official from the Ghana Football Association approached him to switch nationalities and play for the Black Stars.
The 32-year-old, who rose through the ranks at Manchester United and was born to Ghanaian parents and grew up in the UK, revealed that the Ghana Football Association (GFA) did not approach him about a possible Nationality switch from Ghana to Ghana.
According to him despite knowing he was Ghanaian, it was never difficult for him to choose to play for the Three Lions because he grew up playing for England and was keen to make his senior debut.
The former Arsenal player revealed in an interview with UK-based Ghanaian musician Michael Dapaah that no official from the GFA contacted him to play for Ghana.
“There wasn’t like an official approach from Ghana to come and play for them or anything like that, so it wasn’t as hard as a decision like people would have thought,” Welbeck said.
“It was natural for me because I’ve been playing for England since I was 14 so it’s like a natural progression to try and reach that next step. You know you want to get to the next stage group, 19, 21, and the senior team,” he stated.
The former Manchester United and Arsenal star also said that making his senior England debut against the country of his parents is a memory he will always keep with him.
“I remember this game because I made my debut against Ghana,” Welbeck added.
“It was like my family, not in the England section, and they are like boo; they were booing along as well, so it was a mad moment, but one that is definitely a highlight.” — Welbeck concluded.
Welbeck made his debut for England in a friendly match against Ghana which ended 1-1 in 2011 for the Three Lions as a substitute against Ghana in an international friendly at Wembley Stadium.
He is currently playing for Brighton Hove Albion, has also played for Preston North End, Sunderland, and Watford, and has won 1 Premier League title, 2 Carling Cups, 1 FA Cup, 3 Community Shields, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup.
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Danny Welbeck visited Ghana in 2017 and spent his summer vacation in Kumasi, the country’s largest city, where he was photographed with residents.