Arsenal forward Folarin Balogun (21), currently on loan at Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims, has reacted to his omission from the England squad, announced by Gareth Southgate on Thursday.
Balogun is enjoying a breakthrough season in the French top flight. Only Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappé (19) and Lille OSC’s Jonathan David (19) have scored more than Balogun’s 16 goals in Ligue 1 so far this season.
The Arsenal loanee, who is also eligible to play for Nigeria, has played for the US Men’s National Team up to U18 level but then went on to represent England at youth level. However, his hopes of making his senior debut for the Three Lions any time soon were dashed after Balogun wasn’t announced in Southgate’s squad to face Italy and Ukraine later this month.
The Reims forward, in a not-so-thinly-veiled expression of disappointment posted on the social media platform Instagram, reacted to the omission: “In life, go where your [sic] appreciated.” Given that being in contention for the Ligue 1 Golden Boot wasn’t enough to convince Southgate that he was worthy of selection, Balogun is seemingly questioning his international allegiance.
GFFN | Luke Entwistle