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Boateng chooses Ghana over Germany

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 24 Jun 2009

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Midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng has joined Jermaine Jones in turning his back on a possible future with the German national team, plumping instead for Ghana, Sport Bild magazine reported on Wednesday.

“I would like to play for Ghana – I have made contact with officials … It’s Ghana I would like to progress with,” the magazine quoted Boateng, 22, as saying.

Berlin-born Boateng spent the second half of last season on loan with Borussia Dortmund from Tottenham, where he had struggled to hold down a starting place.

He is now set to return to London as his Spurs contract runs to 2012.

He began his career with Hertha Berlin.

Jones, a 27-year-old midfielder with Schalke 04, decided earlier this month to play for the United States having only made it as far as the German youth side whereas Boateng has made three appearances for the “A” team.

Boateng insisted he had nothing against the German Federation (DFB) for his lack of success in making it to the full side.

“There are no negatives behind my decision. I just don’t see I have a chance when it comes to the DFB, that’s all.”

Jones had in contrast intimated that he did not find favour with Germany coach Joachim Loew, suggesting in the media that he did not make the Euro 2008 squad for reasons including having tattoos and also that the colour of his skin might not have helped him.

Jones has double US and German nationality – his father is stationed with US forces in Germany.

He is to benefit from a FIFA decision made earlier this month to abolish age limits for a player to switch national side having set a previous limit of 21.

However, a player may not switch if he has played in qualifiers for a major tournament or in a tournament itself.

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  • Dave

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    Please, if your can’t hold down a spot with BvB no wonder Lowe didn’t take him… and as for the race implications he must have forgotten about Gerald Asamoah who held down a regular spot with the national side quite a while.

  • Dave

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    Please, if your can’t hold down a spot with BvB no wonder Lowe didn’t take him… and as for the race implications he must have forgotten about Gerald Asamoah who held down a regular spot with the national side quite a while.

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