Folarin Balogun is set to choose the United States over England for his international future, according to a report.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND: Folarin Balogun of England celebrates scoring the third goal during the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier match between England U21s and Czech Republic U21s on November 11, 2021. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)
BURNLEY, ENGLAND: Folarin Balogun of England celebrates scoring the third goal during the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier match between England U21s and the Czech Republic U21s on November 11, 2021. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Football.London report that Folarin Balogun is set to commit his long-term international future to the United States.

Balogun technically had the choice of three countries, with England, the United States, and Nigeria all open to him. But England and the USA have been leading the race for a while.

The striker has represented the USA at u18 level, but most recently he was playing for the England u21s. He made five appearances for the side in late 2021.

Arguably, it just made the most sense to play for the England youth teams whilst living and playing youth club football in England.

But when it comes to senior national sides, it’s often a decision made more on what a player feels than logistics. If Balogun feels most comfortable representing the USA, that’s what he should do.

Folarin Balogun celebrates with Middlesbrough (Photo via Boro on Twitter)
Folarin Balogun celebrates with Middlesbrough (Photo via Boro on Twitter)

Former Arsenal academy product Yunus Musah has already made the call to switch from England to the USA, and Balogun would need to request a one-time change of association to play for the USA in senior competitive fixtures.

As things stand, that’s looking like a likely outcome. But until the USMNT call him up, don’t be surprised to see Balogun continuing to play for the England u21s in the meantime.

In other Balogun news, the Middlesbrough loanee is set to take on his third big-six side in three FA Cup fixtures. Boro have drawn Chelsea at home after seeing off Spurs and Manchester United in previous rounds.

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