Matty Cash switches allegiance to Poland losing hope of England callup

Aston Villa defender Matty Cash switches allegiance to Poland ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifiers after approaching the country ‘two or three years ago’ as he loses hope for England call-up

  • Matty Cash had his application for Polish citizenship confirmed on Tuesday
  • The defender will be eligible for a call-up to Paulo Sousa’s squad in November 
  • He had hopes of playing for England but faces tough competition at right back
  • Poland are in England’s qualifying group but have already played each other

Aston Villa defender Matty Cash has switched allegiance to Poland ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifiers.

The president of the Polish FA, Cezary Kulesza announced Cash had his application for Polish citizenship confirmed on Tuesday, meaning he will be able to play for Paulo Sousa’s side in November’s international break.

Sportsmail reported last month that the full back, who qualifies through family on his mother’s side, has been on the Poles’ radar for some time.

The Polish FA confirmed that he first contacted them about representing the country ‘two or three years ago’. 

Matty Cash switched allegiance to Poland after having his citizenship confirmed on Tuesday

The Aston Villa right back faced tough competition to make it into the England squad 

‘This is a very important day for me and my family,’ he wrote on Twitter.

‘My application for Polish citizenship has been approved by the Polish authorities. 

‘I would like to thank the president, my family and other people who helped me in this. Time for new challenges, I will do my best for this country.’

The defender took to Twitter to thank the president and his family and vowed to do his best

But reportedly Cash had been reluctant to commit as he still had hopes of being chosen by England.

The defender has made 38 appearances for Villa since joining from Nottingham Forest last summer, scoring his first goal for the club earlier this season against Everton. 

But, despite impressing at Villa Park, he plays in a particularly competitive position for the Three Lions: even Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold has struggled to establish himself under England boss Gareth Southgate, with Kyle Walker, Reece James and Kieran Trippier ahead of him in the queue.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has struggled to establish himself under Gareth Southgate

The right-back, who came through the ranks at Wycombe Wanderers, did not play for England at youth level either. 

Poland are in England’s qualifying group for Qatar 2022 but there is no chance of Cash facing his country of birth any time soon as the two nations have already met each other this qualifying campaign with a draw and a Three Lions win. 

The Polish team will face against Andorra on November 12 before taking on Hungary three days later. 


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