Former Celtic man Jeremie Frimpong asked about playing for England; gives brilliant answer

By Hamish Carton

October 8, 2021

Former Celtic full-back Jeremie Frimpong has cleared up his international situation, confirming that he will represent the Netherlands rather than England.

The defender is eligible to play for England, where he moved when he was seven, as well as the Netherlands and Ghana.

But, having been born in Amsterdam, he has pledged his allegiance to the country of his birth, where he has played his international football.

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Former Celt Frimpong explained his decision is typical fashion.

“I can (choose England) but England is out of the way,” he told ESPN Netherlands.

“Why?” the interviewer responded.

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“I’m not English,” batted back Frimpong. “I’m Dutch.”

Frimpong added that he’d wanted to play for the Netherlands since he was young, and that he’d started learning Dutch so he could communicate better with his international team-mates.

You’d back Frimpong to become a Netherlands regular

Perhaps that was another reason for his recent move to Germany.

In Leverkusen, Frimpong couldn’t be much closer to the Netherlands.

He’s certainly likely to be much more in the eye of Dutch boss Louis Van Gaal than he was when in Glasgow.

Frimpong is destined to be a world-class full-back in the coming decade – and it’s hardly a surprise.

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He always looked to have all the natural attributes at Celtic, with his decision making perhaps the only obvious flaw in his game.

But, on the evidence of last Thursday night, Frimpong has improved on that since moving to North Rhine-Westphalia.

He’ll have his work cut out getting into the full Dutch side, but we definitely back him.

And, let’s face it, it beats having to watch him turn out for the Three Lions.

In other news, Celtic’s Former Head of Football Development John Park has been speaking about his time at the club