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Boateng handed surprise Ghana World Cup spot

31 May 2010 by

Portsmouth midfielder Kevin Prince-Boateng has been handed a surprise place in Ghana ‘s 23-man World Cup squad, despite not even playing for the national side.

Boateng recently gained FIFA approval to switch his nationality after previously receiving caps at Under-21 level for Germany.

Nevertheless, the 23-year-old is expected to make his first-team debut for Ghana in a warm-up game against the Netherlands, in Rotterdam on Tuesday.

Ghana are in Group D alongside Serbia, Australia and Germany.

Interestingly enough, Kevin Prince could be facing his own brother, Jerome Boateng, when Ghana face Germany on 23 June.

Jerome Boateng has been named in Germany’s provisional World Cup squad and has been considered a highly-rated prospect.

The 21-year-old versatile defender, whom currently plays for German side Hamburg, has already been linked with a £11m move to Manchester City.

To add extra spice to the story, Kevin Prince-Boateng has become much of a hate figure in back home after his challenge on Chelsea’s Michael Ballack ruled the German captain out of the World Cup with an ankle injury.

Boateng later apologised for the challenge, arguing he ‘came in too late and made full contact.’

Boateng in action for Portsmouth

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