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Frimpong gets Ghana clearance

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong is eligible to play for Ghana after his nationality switch from England was ratified.

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Emmanuel Frimpong: Dreaming of World Cup duty for his country

Emmanuel Frimpong: Dreaming of World Cup duty for his country

The 20-year old, currently on loan at Charlton, has been given the go ahead by FIFA to play for the country of his birth after the Scottish FA confirmed the midfielder had not played for them at competitive level.

Frimpong, who has featured for the U16 and U17 England teams, can now be selected for Ghana's 2013 Africa Cup of Nations campaign in South Africa next year.

He committed to Ghana last year but could not play for the Black Stars until officials sent necessary documents to the sport's world governing body.

It will be a huge relief for Frimpong who has fought hard to play for the country of his birth. Two years ago he said: "I have always said that, no matter what, I will always play for Ghana because I believe I am a Ghanaian.

"England has done a lot for me and my family but at the end of the day I can't see myself playing for England because I am not English - I am from Ghana."

Ghana resume their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign in March at home to Sudan. They trail group leader Zambia by three points after two matches.

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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