Arsenal midfielder gets FIFA go-ahead to swap England for Ghana

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Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has been cleared to play for Ghana after FIFA ratified his application to switch allegiance from England.

The Gunners youngster is currently on loan at Championship side Charlton Athletic, after recovering from a long-term knee injury.

The 20-year-old has now be given the all-clear to play for Ghana, the country of his birth.

The Kumasi-born midfielder has represented England at under-16 and under-17 level, but ultimately decided he would rather play for the Black Stars rather than the Three Lions.

The decision caps a long fight by Frimpong to secure ratification to play for Ghana, and the Arsenal midfielder will no doubt be relieved by FIFA's decision.

Sky Sports reports Frimpong said two years ago: "I have always said that, no matter what, I will always play for Ghana because I believe I am a Ghanaian.

"England has done a lot for me and my family but at the end of the day I can't see myself playing for England because I am not English - I am from Ghana."

The decision makes the Gunners' midfielder eligible for Ghana's 2013 Africa Cup of Nations campaign in South Africa in the New Year.

Frimpong committed to the African nation last year, but could not play for the country of his birth until official documents had been cleared with FIFA. The young midfielder played for Charlton in their 2-0 victory over Peterborough on Tuesday night, and in their 1-1 draw with Huddersfield last weekend.

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