Arsenal whiz Folarin Balogun ‘to switch allegiance from England to USA’ despite earning five U21s caps for Young Lions

Arsenal whiz Folarin Balogun ‘to switch allegiance from England to USA’ despite earning five U21s caps for Young Lions

ARSENAL starlet Folarin Balogun could be set to switch his international allegiance from England to the USA.

The 20-year-old has most-recently appeared for England-under-21's, but he has also represented the USA at under-18's level.

According to Football.London, he is set to follow in the footsteps of former Arsenal star Yunus Musah – who also switched allegiance to the USA.

Balogun is also eligible to represent Nigeria.

He was born in New York City before moving to England when he was two-years-old.

At the age of eight he was scouted and signed for Arsenal's academy after previously trialling for the club's North London rivals – Tottenham.

He signed his first professional contract at the beginning of 2019 and made his Premier League debut in Arsenal's 2-0 defeat to Brentford on the opening day of the season.

Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah have been the Gunners' first-choice attacking options this year, leaving little room for Balogun – who was loaned out to Middlesbrough in January.

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However, with Lacazette and Nketiah both set to leave once their contracts expire in June, he may earn a more prominent place in the starting line-up next season.

Upon his arrival at Boro, he said: "I hope a successful loan puts me in a better position that I was in before coming here.

"Coming through the ranks at Arsenal, being their main striker was always something I wanted to achieve.

"Coming here my job is to give it my all and see what happens.

"It is a case of me knowing what I can do and showing it on the first team stage. That is the main thing."

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