By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger has confirmed that Emmanuel Frimpong is likely to play international football for Ghana and not England.

The combative midfielder, who has made an impressive breakthrough into the Arsenal side this season, was born in Accra but represented England at Youth level.

Frimpong has always stated his desire to play for Ghana but was called up to Stuart Pearce’s Under-21 squad for the recent international period, withdrawing due to injury.

Wenger has often urged England to secure his services for themselves but the manger revealed on Friday that he has chosen the Black Stars.

“He hasn't told me anything [for definite] but it looks like he will go for Ghana,” he said.

“Personally and geographically it would be easier for us if he plays for England but you have to respect the gut feeling of the boy. It feels that certainly he will have a better chance to play for Ghana than for England.

“That is happening in modern society in every single country. Players are torn between two countries.”

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9 Sep 2011