Danny Welbeck, a forward for Brighton and Hove Albion, has said that the Ghana Football Association (GFA) did not formally contact him regarding a potential change of nationality from England to Ghana.
The 32-year-old, whose parents are Ghanaians, made his senior debut for the Three Lions in 2011 as a substitute against Ghana in an international friendly at Wembley Stadium. He was born in Manchester.
The 42-cap Englishman admitted it was not tough to decide to represent his country of birth on the field.
According to an interview he gave to the YouTube channel Michael Dapaah, “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 many would have expected.”
“I’ve been playing for England since I was 14, so trying to get to that next level was like a natural development for me.
You know you want to get to the senior squad, the stage group of 19, and the 21-year-olds.
The former Manchester United and Arsenal great said he will always cherish the memory of making his senior England debut against his parents’ nation.
Welbeck continued, “I remember this game because I made my debut against Ghana.
It was my family, who weren’t in the England area, and they were booing along with me. It was a crazy moment, but it is undoubtedly a highlight.