Lamptey switches allegiance away from England – now set to play at World Cup

Tariq Lamptey has switched international alliances to Ghana after representing England internationally at youth levels.

Lamptey, who was born in London, has represented the Three Lions at both U18 and U21 level, and he had been touted as a future prospect. But Lamptey has been tempted to switch by the Black Stars – who he is eligible for through his parents.

The youngster's dad, Ahmed, is believed to be a major influence in his career, but it was the intervention of former boss Chris Hughton, who is a technical advisor for Ghana, that was pivotal. Lamptey could now make an appearance at the World Cup.

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A statement from the Ghanaian FA read: "Tariq Lamptey, Inaki Williams, Mohammed Salisu, Stephan Ambrosius, Patrick Pfeffer and Ransford Yeboah [are] available for national selection."

Alongside Lamptey, Athletic Bilbao's striker, Inaki Williams is a considerable coup for the Black Stars.

The statement continues: "We have always maintained that we will not limit ourselves to only a small group of players but would scout top talents across the globe who are ready to sacrifice for the nation and take us to the next level."

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Lamptey could have now booked his ticket to Qatar this winter after an impressive campaign with Brighton last season.

Ghana have been drawn into a group with Portugal, Uruguay, and South Korea.

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