Wan-Bissaka poised to switch allegiance to DRC


Manchester United right back is on the verge of switching allegiance to DR Congo after being snubbed by England coach, Gareth Southgate.

Southgate named his provisional 33-man squad for the upcoming European Championship on Tuesday, with his final 26 being selected on June 1 ahead of warm-up games against Austria and Romania.

Wan-Bissaka will not feature after Southgate opted for four other right-backs in his provisional squad.

Manchester City’s Kyle Walker, Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool and Chelsea’s Reece James got the nod ahead of him.

According to reports, DR Congo will soon start the process of making Wan-Bissaka switch nationality to play for them.

Wan-Bissaka is reportedly fed up with his lack of playing time for the Three Lions and has changed his mind after initially rejecting the Leopards.

The former Crystal Palace fullback earned his first senior England call-up at the start of the 2019/20 season, having made an impressive start following his move to the Red Devils.

The lightning-quick defender burst onto the Premier League scene with the Eagles over the previous 18 months and caught the eye of former Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson.

A product of Palace’s academy having grown up in Croydon, Wan-Bissaka’s first England cap came at Under 20 level in March 2018 before he progressed into the Under 21s in September of that year.

He was also part of the squad which travelled to Italy for the Under 21 EURO Finals in 2019.

Interestingly, he previously played against England as a striker back in 2015 when he featured for DR Congo’s Under 17s in a friendly match against the Young Lions at St George’s Park.

Now it seems unlikely Wan-Bissaka will ever get the chance to represent the Three Lions and a switch to Congo could afford him the opportunity to play international football.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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