ANTHONY ELANGA is eligible to play for England but Sweden are confident the Reds winger will stick with them.
The FA know that 19-year-old Elanga, who joined Manchester United’s academy at the age of 12, has lived in England long enough to represent the Three Lions.
Elanga, the son of former Cameroon defender Joseph Elanga, was born in Sweden, played for Sweden’s Malmo early on and has represented the country’s Under-21 team eight times.
Elanga has not only played 8 matches for United this season but also started the last 3 matches.
And the 19-year-old scored in the crucial 3-1 win over Brentford.
Regarding Elanga’s goal, coach Ralf Rangnick said: “He watched his performance at Villa Park. He played brilliantly in the second half, lots of tackles and goals.”
Swedish senior manager Janne Andersson hopes to take him on a 24-man scheduled tour of Portugal this week.
But Old Trafford boss Rangnick blocked that last month.
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The training camp – which will not include senior players – had to be canceled by Sweden because of Covid problems in Portugal.
But the Swedes, who have a World Cup play-off semi-final against the Czech Republic in March, don’t believe Elanga is looking to switch to England or Cameroon.
England’s FA are not currently tracking the young star with the aim of making a move for him.
ENGLAND can play both Nations League matches at their home ground EXCEPT Wembley.
The Three Lions face European champions Italy on June 11 before hosting Hungary three days later.
Gareth Southgate’s side host the Italian behind closed doors due to Uefa’s ban following trouble in the Euro 2020 final, so it seems certain that a smaller venue – would cost less to run than – will be used for that match.
FA bosses are also considering using a stadium, in addition to Wembley, for the second clash.
He took on Switzerland and Ivory Coast at Football’s home ground in a friendly in March.
Robbed to continue camping
This week, ITALY coach Roberto Mancini will host a training camp of 35 people.
You can imagine the outcry among Premier League clubs if Gareth Southgate decides to do the same.
But England manager Southgate has never even considered gathering his stars during this international break, which is out of Uefa’s window, so no matches are allowed. .
Southgate feels that England’s players, who are just resting on their winter schedule, need time to relax.
For Mancini, however, all eyes are on the World Cup play-off against Macedonia in March.
European champions Italy then likely have to beat Portugal, against Turkey, to be the deciding factor.
Former Manchester City manager Mancini Mario Balotelli, 31, was called up to the squad for the first time since 2018.
The striker is currently in Turkey with Adana Demirspor – and has only played three times for Italy since the 2014 World Cup.
So far, FIFA has received 2.3 million applications for tickets to the Qatar World Cup.
The top ten countries that require tickets by place of residence are Qatar, Argentina, UK, Mexico, USA, UAE, India, Germany, Brazil and Saudi Arabia.
BEN THATCHER is an ordinary defender but these days the 46-year-old is a football representative and has been involved in Roy Hodgson’s appointment at Watford – as well as the former team manager’s previous job. England at Crystal Palace.
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