AC Milan’s Boateng returns to international scene
AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has returned to the Ghanaian national team after a two-year hiatus.
The 26-year-old German-born Ghanaian international had retired from the Black Stars in 2011 in order to focus more on his club career, but has reversed that decision ahead of next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
Although he began his international career with the youth sides of his native country, he opted to represent his father’s country of birth and made his senior debut in May 2010 in a 1-0 victory over Latvia before featuring the following month in the World Cup tournament in South Africa.
Boateng scored his first international goal for his new side in a 2-1 victory over the United States during the 2010 World Cup, and despite Ghana becoming only the third African side to make it to the quarter-finals, he opted to leave the team a year later, citing fatigue as a primary reason.
However, the Ghanaian Football Association has welcomed him back to the fold, and expressed their satisfaction that he has chosen to end his retirement early.
“We welcome your decision to return to the Ghanaian national team,” stated general secretary Emmanuel Gyimah in an open letter penned to the midfielder.
“Your return will surely energize the Black Stars, and we’re confident that you will work hard to ensure that our team continues to perform at the highest level.”
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