Thu 23 March 2023 | 5:36

Arsenal teammate has tipped Balogun to be a 'great addition' to USMNT

After withdrawing from the England Under-21 squad, Folarin Balogun's international allegiance continues to up for grabs


and USMNT goalkeeper Matt Turner has stated that

Folarin Balogun

would be a "great addition" to the team, but only if the switch "comes from his heart". Balogun has been in impressive form on loan at Reims, scoring 17 goals in 27 Ligue 1 games this season. The 21-year-old has the option to represent England, Nigeria or the United States on the international stage, and his performances have sparked speculation over his future national team affiliation.

Balogun, who has been a regular for England's Under-21s, pulled out of the squad for the current international break because of an injury. This has given the US national team a renewed hope to secure his services. Turner said that he had talked to the striker about representing the US team.

"I spoke to Flo. We obviously had most of our preseason together, and I knew going into it he had some roots in the USA,"

the goalkeeper said on Wednesday.

"So, he and I developed a relationship pretty quickly. That's pretty much the extent of it. We check in on each other here and there.

"He'd be a great addition to our national team. I think he's done really well, obviously, for his club on loan, and we'll see.

"The decision has to come from the heart, because it's not necessarily an easy task to come and play in these CONCACAF games. It's a tough region at times.

"So, for us, we'd be really grateful to have him, but his heart needs to be in it."

Earlier in the week, Balogun told Sky Sports he was yet to decide on his future but has aspirations of playing at the highest level.

"My international future is not decided yet in terms of who I'll play for,"

he said.

"But of course I want to play international football at the highest level, in the World Cups, and I want to compete at the highest level.

"I want to put myself in positions where I'm performing in front of millions of people."



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