Aston Villa defender Matty Cash shifts his allegiance to Poland ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifiers after approaching the country “ two or three years ago ” while losing hope of being called up by England.
- Matty Cash had his application for Polish citizenship confirmed on Tuesday
- The defense will be able to summon the summons of Paulo Sousa in November
- He had hopes of playing for England but faces tough competition on the right back.
- Poland is in England’s qualifying group, but they have already met
Aston Villa defender Matty Cash shifted his allegiance to Poland before qualifying for the World Cup next month.
The President of the Polish Football Association, Cezary Kulesza announced Cash had his application for Polish citizenship confirmed on Tuesday, which means he will be able to play for Paulo Sousa’s team in the international break in November.
Sportsmail reported last month that the winger, who qualifies through family on his mother’s side, has been on the Poles’ radar for some time.
The Polish federation confirmed that it contacted them for the first time to represent the country “two or three years ago”.
Matty Cash changed his allegiance to Poland after his citizenship was confirmed on Tuesday.
The Aston Villa right-back faced stiff competition to enter the England squad
“This is a very important day for me and my family,” he wrote on Twitter.
‘My application for Polish citizenship has been approved by the Polish authorities.
‘I would like to thank the president, my family and others who helped me in this. It is time for new challenges, I will do my best for this country. ‘
The defender took to Twitter to thank the president and his family and vowed to do everything possible.
But Cash had reportedly been reluctant to commit as he still had hopes of being elected by England.
The defender has made 38 appearances for Villa since arriving from Nottingham Forest last summer, scoring his first goal for the club earlier this season against Everton.
But despite impressing at Villa Park, he plays in a particularly competitive position for the Three Lions: even Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold has struggled to establish himself under England’s command, Gareth Southgate, with Kyle Walker, Reece James and Kieran. Trippier ahead of him in line.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has struggled to establish himself under Gareth Southgate
The right-back, who passed through the ranks of the Wycombe Wanderers, also did not play for England at the youth level.
Poland is in England’s qualifying group for Qatar 2022, but there is no chance that Cash will face his country of birth any time soon as the two nations have already met in this qualifying campaign with a draw and a victory for the Three Lions.
The Polish team will face Andorra on November 12 before facing Hungary three days later.