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England player Folarin Balogun gave a stunning performance for Reims in France. Therefore, he has been creating a buzz on social media after this performance.
Now FIFA has confirmed that Balogun can be chosen for the soccer team of the United States.
1. Folarin Balogun will Represent the USA Soccer Team
On Tuesday, May 16, 2023, FIFA confirmed that Folarin Balogun will represent the United States in an international football competition instead of England.
Also, the famous sports journalist Chris Wheatley took to his Twitter handle to announce the same and he tweeted saying, “Folarin Balogun has chosen to represent the United States national team.
Folarin Balogun looks forward to joining the United States men’s football team in Las Vegas. Also, he might make his senior debut against Mexico.
2. What has Coach Hudson Said about Folarin?
USMNT head coach Anthony Hudson was glad because Folarin chose the US and praised Folarin by saying,
“We are delighted that Folarin has chosen to represent the United States.
“Not only is he an extremely talented player, but he’s also a good man; who is going to add value to our national team both on and off the field at a time, when the team is continuing to improve.”
3. What has Balogun Said about this Decision?
At the junior international level, he has represented England. Balogun has applied to FIFA for a single-time change of association. And this was approved on May 16, 2023.
In an interview, he said that this was his family’s choice to represent the United States and in the end, it’s just something he wanted to do, and he feels US his home.
Moreover, Balogun said that to represent the United States means a lot—more than people would know and said USMNT fans’ love was also the reason to choose the US.
See this post to read what he exactly said.
4. Who is Folarin Balogun?
His short name is Flo. However, his full name is Folarin Jerry Balogun. He is 21 years old. He is an American professional soccer player.
He was New York inborn. Later, he shifted to England, and he was two at the time.
Thus, he has grown up in London. However, his parents were born in Nigeria. Thus, he was appropriate to represent all three nations at the global level.
He had been into football since childhood and at the age of eight, he joined the Arsenal Football Club Academy.
However, he made his senior debut in the Europa League in 2020 and also scored his first senior goal on November 26, 2020, in a Europa League against Molde.
Moreover, in this league, Balogun made his debut against Brentford on August 13, 2021, and in 2022, he joined the EFL Championship Club temporarily.
Later in August, he proceeded on loan to French club Reims.
In 2023, he became the top scorer in Ligue 1 by making three goals against Lorient. Although it was his fourteenth goal of the season in League 1,
Balogun can play two-footed. Also, he uses pace and intelligence in his game.
He has won many matches by using those skills.