Frimpong set to turn his back on England

Arsenal youngster Emmanuel Frimpong has opted to play for Ghana rather than England, after meeting with the FA president of the African nation.

The 19-year-old has represented England at under-16 and under-17 level, but pulled out of the under-21 squad last week. Despite living most of his life in the United Kingdom, the midfielder was born in Accra, and met with executive Kwesi Nyantakyi after the Black Stars 1-0 friendly defeat to Brazil at Craven Cottage on Monday.

“I have Done My Part For the Love of The country Now Lets Wait and See The Outcome……,” Frimpong stated on his Twitter account on Tuesday, and Nyantakyi confirmed the player’s decision to turn his back on England.

“Yesterday we met him after the game at Fulham at a hotel. He wants to play for Ghana. We have to apply to Fifa now – send them the documentation and wait,” the president told The Guardian.

“It is out of my hands how long they will take, but with my experience [of these matters] I expect no longer than three months and it will probably be shorter than that,” he concluded.

Frimpong is one of The Gunners’ brightest prospects, and has broken into the first team squad at the Emirates this season. He started his first competitive fixture for the London side against Liverpool earlier in the campaign, but was sent off in a 2-0 defeat for Arsene Wenger’s side.