WATCH: USMNT fans make banners for Folarin Balogun ahead of El Salvador game as international allegiance battle with England rages on
- Promising striker is a man in demand
- Withdrew from England U21 squad
- Remains eligible for the United States
WHAT HAPPENED? The USMNT was in CONCACAF Nations League action against El Salvador on Monday, with Ricardo Pepi on target again in what proved to be a narrow 1-0 win. Ahead of that contest, and throughout the game, fans displayed banners urging Arsenal-owned striker Balogun – who has netted 18 times while on loan at Ligue 1 side Reims this season – to pledge allegiance to them.
#USMNT fans with a message to Folarin Balogun ahead of tonight’s match against El Salvador. pic.twitter.com/84Kc0gvh4j— Ryan Tolmich (@RyanTolmich) March 27, 2023
These were passed throughout in the AO Section tonight. Our message to @balogun is very simple:— AO (@AmericanOutlaws) March 28, 2023
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THE BIGGER PICTURE: Balogun withdrew from the latest England U21 squad as questions are asked of his international future, with injury cited as the reason for his absence there, but he has been in Orlando – the base of the USMNT during their latest camp – and has seen the likes of Anthony Hudson, Gareth Southgate, Christian Pulisic, Matt Turner and Emile Smith Rowe speculate on which mast he is about to nail colours to.
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WHAT NEXT? Balogun is a New York native who has been in England since the age of two, with a big decision needing to be made on whether he represents the land of his birth or his adopted home.