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It would be a great feeling to wear Ghana’s colors – LA Galaxy’s Emmanuel Boateng
Ghana and LA Galaxy’s young midfielder Emmanuel Boateng says playing for Ghana one day would be a great feeling and a dream come true.

The former Helsingborg winger has been sensational in the 2016 Major League Soccer (MLS) for LA Galaxy capping his superlative performance last weekend with a goal and two assists against the then undefeated Real Salt Lake.

Boateng, 22, made the headlines in his second start of the season with some electrifying runs on the left side of Galaxy's attack that helped secure the three points for LA.

Speaking on wide range of issues, Boateng said he will cherish a national call up in future.

“That is what we all dream of. It will definitely be a dream come true to represent my nation. It will be a great feeling for sure to be there – something that I have dreamt of in all 22 years of my life”.

He said his mindset is to take up any opportunity that will come his way and that includes representing his country in future. This, he believes can come at any time, hence his resolve to give off his best anytime he plays for LA Galaxy.

“It could be two years or even three months from now, who knows? Players develop from different rates and opportunities come in different ways”, Boateng indicated, adding “I may be called in to deputize for a player who has taken a knock or suspended; I step in, play my best and the coach is eager; I could be called into the national team soon or if that does not happen and I keep developing sturdily, I may be called into the national team two or three years from now.

“In this business, things change very quickly and you just have to grab any opportunity giving to you. I mean it could be anytime; may be two months from now or whenever the coaches think I am ready”, Boateng intimated.

He was of the view that a national team call up will only come when he plays well for LA.

“My mindset is to push my limit and prove to my coaches anytime I step on the field. I have to take care of everything here first and then the national team will come naturally. If I am not playing well here when the opportunity is giving to me, then I will close the door on that but I have to first take care of things here and if I am able to do that, all other opportunities will come”.

Does Boateng believe Ghanaian players in North America have been overlooked by Ghana national team selectors?

“I don’t think so yet, it might be the case for other players but for me, I think the guys who get called to the national team are the guys who have proven themselves”, he answered.

He said his chances of playing for the Black Stars are brighter.

“I think I can go in and do a good job but it all depends on me taking care of things here first. I know it is in the near future and I am waiting for it but I don’t think I have been overlooked.

“My chances are coming soon and it is up to me to do my work. Some other players might say they’ve been overlooked and I don’t disagree with them. It is case by case situation and in my situation, I am only 22 and I think the guys that are called deserved to be called but my time is coming soon. I have to keep my head down, keep working hard, and hopefully, soon, I will get a call up”, he stated.

Boateng further stressed that one’s chances of playing for his nation must not be linked to the league he plays in.

“People shouldn’t judge the player based on the league he is playing in; rather, we have to look at what the player does when he enters the field. Is he able to change the game? Is he doing the job better than whoever you are trying to call?

“The ideal situation should be how the player is performing and how he will fit into the national team. This is how they should judge it and I think so far, they’ve been doing a good job.

“Every player will like to be in the national team. It is up to Avram Grant and his crew to make sure they call the right guys and from where I see things, I think he is calling the guys that he thinks can help the team”, Boateng concluded.

NB: Watch out for a full Q&A with Emmanuel Boateng on the feature page of this website!
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