In a move that has shocked the football world, rising Arsenal star Folarin Balogun has decided to switch his international allegiance and represent the United States of America at the senior level. The 21-year-old forward, who was born in New York to Nigerian parents, had previously represented England at youth level.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano broke the news on social media on Tuesday, stating that Balogun had made the decision to switch to the USA. Romano’s tweet read: “Breaking, huge news for the United States. Arsenal star Folarin Balogun has finally decided to represent USMNT — he will switch allegiance to the USA. 🚨🔴🇺🇸 #USMNT.”
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Balogun’s decision to switch to the USA has come as a surprise to many, as he had previously been considered a rising star in the English football system. However, his decision is a major coup for the US national team, who will be looking to build on their recent successes and compete at the highest level on the international stage.
Balogun’s parents emigrated to England when he was two years old, and he has since grown up in the UK. He has been with Arsenal since he was eight years old and has been tipped as a future star of the Premier League. This season, he has been on loan at Reims in Ligue 1, where he has scored 19 goals in 34 games.
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Balogun’s decision to switch to the USA is likely to have been influenced by the fact that he has not yet been called up to the England senior squad. Despite his impressive performances at youth level, he has yet to make his debut for the Three Lions, and it is believed that he was growing frustrated with his lack of opportunities.
The news of Balogun’s decision has been met with mixed reactions from fans and pundits alike. Some have praised him for making a bold move and backing himself to succeed at the highest level, while others have criticized him for turning his back on England and choosing to represent another country.
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However, Balogun has made it clear that he is excited about the prospect of playing for the USA, and he is looking forward to the challenge of competing at the highest level. In a statement released by Arsenal, he said: “I am excited to announce that I have decided to represent the United States at the senior level. It was a difficult decision to make, but I feel that this is the right move for me at this stage of my career.”
Balogun’s decision to switch to the USA is a major boost for the national team, who are looking to build a squad capable of competing with the best in the world. With his pace, skill, and eye for goal, he could prove to be a key player for the US in the years to come.