Folarin Balogun: Arsenal striker switched to -News

Folarin Balogun has previously represented England in four different youth teams

Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun’s decision to switch international allegiance from England to the United States has been approved by FIFA.

Balogun previously played for England’s Under-21s but pulled out through injury in March.

He will not take part in the upcoming European Under-21 Championships.

A FIFA spokesman told BBC Sport: “The change of association for player Folarin Jolaoluwa Balogun from England to the United States has been approved.”

Balogun has scored 19 Ligue 1 goals in 34 appearances for Reims this season.

Speaking to US Soccer’s official website, Balogun said the decision was “a no-brainer” and that he felt right at home.

Balogun said: “When I told the news to my family, they were all ecstatic, especially my mum. She said, ‘What took you so long?’

“Representing America means a lot, more than people realize. I am very proud and honored to have this opportunity and I want to do everything in my power to make our team successful.”

He has previously said he would like to play for Nigeria but has decided to play for the United States – an option he is entitled to because he has not won England caps.

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