Tariq Lamptey and Inaki Williams included in Ghana’s 26-man squad for World Cup


Brighton & Hove Albion right-back Tariq Lamptey has been included in Ghana’s squad for the World Cup.

Lamptey, 22, made his first appearance for Ghana in September after previously representing England at youth level.

The former Chelsea defender — who was born in England to Ghanaian parents — has benefitted from swapping his international allegiance ahead of the tournament in Qatar.

Inaki Williams, who has scored five goals in 15 games for Athletic Bilbao this season, also committed his international future to Ghana in the build up to the competition having previously represented Spain back in 2016.

Williams’ younger brother Nico has been included in Spain’s squad having decided to represent his country of birth.

Lamptey is not the only English-based player to be named in Ghana’s 26-man squad as Leicester City’s Daniel Amartey, Southampton’s Mohammed Salisu, Reading’s Baba Rahman, Arsenal’s Thomas Partey, Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew and Bristol City’s Antoine Semenyo have all been named.

Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Joe Wollacott had a chance of making the squad before breaking a finger during the warm-up ahead of his side’s 3-3 draw with Burton Albion on Saturday.

Fellow shot stopper Richard Ofori, who has been capped 19 times by Ghana, has also had to miss the World Cup due to injury.

Ghana begin their World Cup campaign against Portugal on November 24.

They then face South Korea on November 28 and Uruguay on December 2.

Ghana World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Lawrence Ati-Zigi (St. Gallen), Abdul Nurudeen (Eupen), Ibrahim Danlad (Berekum Chelsea).

Defenders: Denis Odoi (Club Bruges), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton), Alidu Seidu (Clermont), Daniel Amartey (Leicester), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg), Mohammed Salisu (Southampton), Abdul-Rahman Baba (Reading), Gideon Mensah (Auxerre).

Midfielders: Andre Ayew (Al-Sadd), Thomas Partey (Arsenal), Elisha Owusu (Gent), Salis Abdul Samed (Lens), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax), Daniel-Kofi Kyereh (Freiburg).

Forwards: Daniel Barnieh Afriyie (Accra Hearts of Oak), Kamal Sowah (Club Bruges), Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Sporting Lisbon), Osman Bukari (Red Star Belgrade), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Kamaldeen Sulemana (Rennes).



Ghana World Cup squad list

(Photo: Getty Images)


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