In the most recent World Cup, a worth-noting development was the allowance of international footballers to play for different countries throughout the tournament. For many players, their choice of national teams can be an important and defining part of their career. Below is a look at players who switched allegiances with the ongoing FIFA World Cup.
Inaki Williams – Ghana
The Spanish winger is one of the best young players in the world, and he has been dazzling fans with his speed and skill since 2016 when he joined Athletic Bilbao’s youth academy. But Williams was born in Bilbao to a Ghanaian mother and a Spanish father, so it was only natural that he would represent his mother’s country at the international level.
Williams’ decision to switch countries is a surprise, as he is eligible to play for Ghana and Spain. However, it appears that Williams has decided to represent Ghana to boost their chances of winning the tournament.
Tariq Lamptey – Ghana
Tariq Lamptey is a 21-year-old right-back who plays for Brighton & Hove Albion. He’s known for his pace and energy down the right flank, and he has been rising through the ranks of England’s youth system since he was 16 years old.
Born and raised in London, Lamptey hails from Ghanaian parents. He recently switched nationalities to play for Ghana in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, where he will be one of the youngest players on the field.
Matty Cash – Poland
Matty Cash, an English footballer with Aston Villa in the Premier League, recently switched nationalities to play for Poland. He was born in England and has played for England’s youth teams, but he has now decided to play for Poland instead.
He cited heavy competition for a starting spot on England’s team as his reason for switching to Poland. Cash has made one appearance for England’s senior team and is hoping that he will be able to make his debut at the World Cup and bolster his career with Poland.
Bryan Mbuemo – Cameroon
Cameroon winger Bryan Mbuemo is one of the most recent players to switch nationalities ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Mbuemo had already represented France at the youth level and was eligible to play for Les Bleus, but he has now accepted Cameroon’s call-up. The 23-year-old plays for Brentford in the Premier League, making 12 appearances this season.
Mbuemo has played for the Indomitable Lions on two occasions and could make his debut against Switzerland on 24th November.
Anwar El Ghazi – Morocco
Anwar El Ghazi has quite the journey when it comes to international football. The Dutch winger is a product of the Ajax academy and has been a member of their under-18 side since 2012. But in 2018, he began to make his way toward Morocco.
El Ghazi won two caps for the Netherlands before the World Cup 2022 in Qatar but failed to cut their squad.