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Eddie Nketiah receives his first-ever call-up to the England national team; discover the reasons behind his continued eligibility for Ghana.

The hope of Ghana to enlist Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah to play for the Black Stars, their national team, has been dashed as he gets his first call-up from England. England’s manager, Gareth Southgate, has called up the promising striker following his commendable performance at the beginning of the season, scoring two goals in three games for Arsenal.

Nketiah’s selection to play in the upcoming UEFA Euro qualifiers against Ukraine and a friendly match against Scotland in September is an indication of his rising stature in international football.Even though Nketiah, 24, had played for England’s junior teams, he retained the option to play for Ghana. This recent development, however, solidly aligns his international future with England. In June of the previous year, Nketiah had stated that he was in talks with Ghana about a possible switch in nationality, revealing his receptiveness to both England and Ghana.

With his parents being of Ghanaian descent, he expressed his feelings, saying, “Being from Ghana, you would be happy that they qualified for the World Cup.”

The newly updated FIFA regulations about changing national teams add another layer to his international future.

Three new exceptions now allow a player to change their international affiliation if they meet certain conditions including;

The player was a citizen of the new association at the time of their first official appearance for their initial national team.
The player hasn’t played in the final stage of an official tournament such as the World Cup, European Championship, AFCON, Copa America, etc.
At least three years have passed since the player’s last senior appearance for their previous national team.
These changes to regulations have made the selection of international players more dynamic, enabling strategic changes based on eligibility and circumstances. While Nketiah’s first call-up for England demonstrates his present commitment, the complex interplay of eligibility rules implies that chances for a switch in allegiance may still exist if situations change.

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