Aston Villa’s Matty Cash switches allegiance to Poland ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifiers

Matty Cash will be eligible to play for Poland in next month’s World Cup qualifiers after receiving the green light from the country’s president.

Sportsmail revealed last month that the Aston Villa defender, who qualifies through his mother’s side of the family, had held talks with the Polish FA and his citizenship request was officially granted on Tuesday.

Poland are in England’s qualifying group for Qatar 2022 and the teams drew 1-1 in Warsaw last month. Cash, 24, is now in line to face Andorra and Hungary in November. 

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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 

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Writing in Polish on his Twitter account, Cash said: ‘This is a very important day for me and my family. 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.

‘It is an honour and an extremely important moment for me and my family. I’ll do my best on the pitch and I can’t wait to put on a shirt with an eagle on the chest. Let’s fight for Poland.’

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

Polish FA chief Cezary Kulesza thanked President Andrzej Duda and added: ‘We are glad that the player will soon be at the disposal of [Poland boss] Paulo Sousa.’

Cash has impressed since joining Villa from Nottingham Forest in 2020 but plays in a particularly competitive position: Trent Alexander-Arnold has struggled to establish himself at right-back 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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