Brighton Manager Graham Potter Backs Defender to Decide Between Ghana and England Before World Cup

Brighton Manager Graham Potter Backs Defender to Decide Between Ghana and England Before World Cup

  • Graham Potter is ready to support Tariq Lamptey's decision to switch nationalities and play at the World Cup
  • The English-born ight-back is reported to have agreed to represent Ghana at the FIFA World Cup later this year
  • Lamptey has represented England at youth levels but remains eligible to play for Ghana, the country of his parents

Brighton and Hove Albion manager, Graham Potter, has revealed that he will support defender Tariq Lamptey regardless of which country he decides to represent at the World Cup.

The Brighton right-back is set to switch nationality and play for Ghana at the World Cup in Qatar later this year despite representing England at youth level.

Potter believes playing in the World Cup is an experience every player, including Lamptey, should experience.

Brighton, Graham Potter, Ghana, England, Tariq Lamptey
Brighton manager Graham Potter ready to support Tariq Lamptey's nationality switch. Credit: Getty Images
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“Regardless of Tariq's situation, playing in a World Cup is going to be fantastic for any player. That's something for him to consider, but it's more about where he feels in his heart he should play. That's up to Tariq, I'll support whatever decision he makes," he said as quoted by The Athletic.

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“Obviously, I've never had to think about that decision. I'd like to think it's more about how he feels in terms of who he wants to represent. There will be a family consideration.
“I don't think you take that decision necessarily from a career perspective, it's more about what feels right for him as a human being and as a footballer. That's complex.
“We are definitely here for him if he wants to speak about anything or ask any questions. It won't be us steering him either way, it's a case of listening to him, what he thinks and to make sure he knows he's got our support.”

Although, Lamptey is a U21 player of England, he qualifies to play for Ghana through his parents.

Tariq Lamptey has agreed to play for Ghana

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Tariq Lamptey has agreed to switch his nationality from his country of birth, England to Ghana, according to London-based Ghanaian coach Freddie.

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The marauding wing-back has been on the wishlist of the Ghana Football Association and the news of his nationality switch will be warmly received with the AFCON qualifiers on the horizon.

Lamptey has represented England at the youth level and recently received a call-up to the England U21 in March but is still eligible to play for the Black Stars and if the account of coach Freddie is anything to go by then the Brighton defender will be committing his future to the West African nation.

Source: Sports Brief News