โฟลาริน บาโลกัน: กองหน้าอาร์เซนอลเปลี่ยนจากอังกฤษเป็นสหรัฐอเมริกา
Arsenal forward Folarin Balogun’s decision to switch international allegiance from England to the United States has been approved by Fifa.
Balogun has previously played for England Under-21s but withdrew from the squad in March because of injury.
He will not play in the upcoming European Under-21 Championship.
A Fifa spokesperson told BBC Sport: “The change of association of the player Folarin Jolaoluwa Balogun from England to the USA has been approved.”
Balogun has scored 19 Ligue 1 goals in 34 appearances for Reims this season.
Speaking to US Soccer’s official website, Balogun said the decision was a “no-brainer” and he feels at “home”.
Balogun said: “When I broke the news to my family they were all just over the moon, especially my mom. She said, ‘What took you so long?’
“To represent the United States means a lot, more than people would know. I’m very proud and honoured to have this opportunity, and I want to give everything I have to make our team successful.”
He has previously said he would be open to representing Nigeria but has decided to become available for the United States – a choice he was eligible to make having not won a senior England cap.