BERLIN - Midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng has joined Jermaine Jones in turning his back on a possible future with the German national team, plumping instead for Ghana, Sport Bild magazine reported yesterday.
"I would like to play for Ghana - I have made contact with officials. It's Ghana I would like to progress with," the magazine quoted Boateng, 22, as saying.
Berlin-born Boateng spent the second half of last season on loan with Borussia Dortmund from Tottenham, where he had struggled to hold down a starting place.
He is now set to return to London as his Spurs contract runs to 2012. He began his career with Hertha Berlin.
Jones, a 27-year-old midfielder with Schalke 04, decided earlier this month to play for the United States having made it only as far as the German youth side, whereas Boateng has made three appearances for the "A" team.
Boateng said he had nothing against the German Federation (DFB) over his lack of success in making it to the full side.
"There are no negatives behind my decision. I just don't see I have a chance when it comes to the DFB."
In contrast, Jones had intimated that he did not find favour with Germany coach Joachim Loew, suggesting he did not make the Euro 2008 squad for reasons including having tattoos and possibly the colour of his skin.
Jones has double US and German nationality - his father is stationed with the US armed forces in Germany. - Sapa-AFP