Tariq Lamptey, ‘the Polish Cafu’ Matty Cash, his Jude Bellingham team-mate and Wales’ NINE-man contingent are England-born players who will star at the World Cup, but not for the Three Lions.

Tariq Lamptey, 'the Polish Cafu' Matty Cash, his Jude Bellingham team-mate and Wales' NINE-man contingent are England-born players who will star at the World Cup, but not for the Three Lions.
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England will face several familiar faces when they kick off their World Cup campaign in Qatar next week.

This year’s winter tournament will be unique for a number of reasons, one of which is that a staggering 137 players will represent a country different from the one in which they were born.


Sterling was England’s best player at Euro 2020 and will be a key figure in Qatar

This represents 16% of the entire pool, with FIFA’s changes to the rules around international allegiances causing a dramatic increase.

England have both benefited and paid the price for amendment in recent years, with Jamaican-born talisman Raheem Sterling.

Still, if things had been different, Leeds-born Erling Haaland would link up with Harry Kane in attack…

Elsewhere, Senegal have French-born Kalidou Koulibaly as captain, while Inaki Williams will have to face his younger brother Nico if Ghana take on Spain at the World Cup.

But for Gareth Southgate, he could find himself haunted by at least TWELVE stars in the group stage in Qatar that he could have summoned!

Ghana – Tariq Lamptey

Lamptey has shone for Brighton in the Premier League since leaving Chelsea in 2020.

The 22-year-old, born in Hillingdon, has represented the Three Lions at U18, U19 and U20 level.

The defender went on to make two caps for the U21s but asked to be dropped from the England squad for the European U21 Championship qualifiers this summer.

Lamptey qualifies for Ghana through his parents and switched allegiance to the West African nation in September.

He has made one outing for the Black Stars so far – a 3-0 loss to Brazil – but has been included in Otto Addo’s squad for Qatar.

Lamptey Could Be Ready For Breakout Tournament For Ghana In Qatar


Lamptey could be ready for breakout tournament for Ghana in Qatar

Poland – Matty Cash

Cash has been affectionately dubbed the ‘Polish Cafu’ by his club Aston Villa since his international switch in October 2021.

The right-back joins club team-mate Jan Bednarek as one of only two Premier League representatives to join Robert Lewandowski and Co.

Cash was born in Slough and has spent his entire career playing in the domestic leagues with Nottingham Forest and now Villa.

Yet he qualifies for Poland through his mother, Barbara, and his late grandfather, who was born in Stanislawow.

A month after confirming his Eagles allegiance, Cash received his first call-up to the Poland squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary.

He would go on to appear in both games and earn five more caps that year, scoring his first goal for his country against the Netherlands.

Cash Already Has Five Caps For His Country And Will Now Travel To Qatar


Cash already has five caps for his country and will now travel to Qatar

USA – Giovanni Reyna, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Antonee Robinson

America will have up to three England-born players in their squad when they take on Gareth Southgate’s men next week.

Borussia Dortmund superstar Reyna remains the pick of the group, who could have lined up alongside club-mate Jude Bellingham had the stars lined up.

The attacking midfielder, who also qualified to play for Portugal and Argentina, was born in Sunderland as the son of former Black Cats star Claudio Reyna.

England were thought to be watching Gio Reyna but the 20-year-old came through the USMNT youth ranks and opted to commit his international future to the senior team in 2020.

But he is not the only one as his American team-mate Carter-Vickers was born in Southend but also decided not to pursue England.

The Celtic defender and former Tottenham academy graduate is the son of American NBA star Howard Carter but has an English mother.

Fulham star Robinson, nicknamed ‘Jedi’, completes the trio, born in Milton Keynes and brought up in Liverpool.

His father Marlon, grew up in New York and went on to play in college [European] soccer at Duke University.

Sunderland-Born Reyna Plays Alongside Leeds Star Brenden Aaronson For The United States


Sunderland-born Reyna plays alongside Leeds star Brenden Aaronson for the United States

Canada – Ike Ugbo

The Reds have two UK-born stars in their ranks in Qatar, with Scotsman David Wotherspoon joining Ugbo.

The latter was born in Lewisham and moved to Canada with his family as a child.

Upon his return to England, he joined Chelsea’s academy and represented the Three Lions at the Under-17 and Under-20 levels.

Ugbo also qualified for Nigeria through his parents but the Troyes striker opted for Canada in November 2021.

Ugbo Joined Troyes On A Permanent Basis This Summer After Four Years At Chelsea


Ugbo joined Troyes on a permanent basis this summer after four years at Chelsea


The Dragons will have a whopping NINE England-born players when they take on the Three Lions in a Battle of Britain next week.

This whole list is still on the books of English clubs – eight are currently plying their trade on these shores and the latest, Ampadu, is on loan in Italy from Chelsea.

The rest include Bournemouth duo Mepham and Moore, alongside Fulham speedster James and Nottingham Forest star Johnson.

  • Ethan Ampadu – Exeter
  • Chris Mepham – Harrow
  • Jonny Williams – Pembury
  • Joe Morrell – Ipswich
  • Matthew Smith – Redditch
  • Sorba Thomas–Newham
  • Daniel James – Case
  • Kieffer Moore–Torquay
  • Brennan Johnson – Nottingham

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