Brighton and Hove Albion right-back Tariq Lamptey has completed his nationality switch from England to represent Ghana’s Black Stars at the international level.
After representing England’s different development stages, the 21-year-old has decided to play for the Black Stars at the senior level.
England had been desperate not to lose him, but, he requested to be left out of England’s Under-21 squad for June’s European Championship qualifiers against the Czech Republic, Albania, Kosovo, and Slovenia.
Lamptey qualifies for Ghana through his parents with his father, Ahmed, a major influence, but the input of former Brighton boss Chris Hughton — a technical advisor for the Black Stars — is also understood to have been pivotal.
Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams has also joined Lamptey in deciding to represent Ghana. Williams, 28, played once for Spain in a friendly six years ago.
Players can switch national sides as long as they have played three senior appearances or fewer, and providing those appearances came before they were 21.
He will be available for selection at the World Cup in Qatar, where Ghana will face South Korea, Portugal, and Uruguay in Group D.
This article has been written by Brian Aheebwa and first published by Football256.com and reproduced by kick442.com as an official partner.