Ahead of the USA hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026, Arsenal forward Folarin Balogun‘s decision to switch international allegiance from England to the United States has been approved. The 21-year-old, who is currently on loan with French side Reims, was born in the US to Nigerian parents but raised in England.
- A young striker born in New York immigrated to the UK at the age of 2.
- Currently playing for Reims and has been in superb form this season.
- Scored an impressive 20 goals in 36 games across various competitions.
- His 19 league goals place him joint-fifth in the Ligue 1 goalscoring charts.
- Despite his excellent performance, he hasn’t received a call-up to the senior England team.
- Faces tough competition from established strikers like Harry Kane, Callum Wilson, Ivan Toney, and Tammy Abraham.
By opting to represent the USA, Balogun seizes the chance to ignite his senior international journey, as the Stars and Stripes, alongside Mexico and Canada, gear up to jointly host the prestigious 2026 FIFA World Cup. Under the guidance of coach Gregg Berhalter, he has the potential to shine brightly and emerge as a rising star for his newfound nation
Martinelli Set to Sparkle Against Nottingham Forest!
After losing to Brighton & Hove Albion demoralizingly 3-0 at the Emirates on Sunday (May 14), Arsenal’s title chances are in jeopardy. The Citizens will be declared champions if they defeat Chelsea this weekend despite being four points behind league leaders Manchester City.
Gabriel Martinelli did sustain an injury, though, as a result of the Gunners’ defeat to Brighton. Following a first-half challenge from Moises Caicedo, the Brazilian forward was forced to leave the pitch. On the bench, he could be seen watching his team lose the championship while sporting a protective boot.