The delayed Euro 2020, will kick-off in Rome on Friday with Italy taking on Turkey, is said to be the first true post-multinational tournament.
Although Ghana will be absent in the tournament, there are players of Ghanaian descent who will carry names originated from the West African Countries but decided to represent European countries.
Callum Hudson-Odoi’s visit to Ghana have sparked talks of he switching nationality from the three lions after making three caps.
Ghana (7) is second behind DR Congo (13) in terms of African countries to have lost most potential players to this year’s showpiece.
According to The Independent, 175 of the 622 selected players have dual nationality, with as many as 23 of those possessing triple nationality and one – Wales midfielder Ethan Ampadu having been eligible for four countries.
Ampadu’s four countries include Ghana because of his father, Kwame Ampadu, a former footballer who was born in Bradford but has Ghanaian roots.
Three of Ghana’s seven are in the same team, the Netherlands who have Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum who’s case isn’t straight forward one,
He is linked to Ghana because of his former stepfather whose surname is Boateng and is related to retired Dutch footballer of Ghanaian-origin George Boateng.
The former Liverpool star used to be known as Georginio Boateng but after his stepfather divorced his mother, he took his mother’s last name, Wijnaldum.
and youngster Cody Gakpo.
Depay has a Ghanaian father and often comes to Ghana where he has a foundation, he has heavily been linked with a summer move to Barcelona as a free agent, was in Ghana for the first time in 2019, where he visited Cape Coast, the hometown of his father Denis Depay.
Same story as the PSV Eindhoven striker who earned a place in the Dutch squad because of his 11 goals in 29 games last season.
He has featured for Nerterlands U-18, U-19, U-20 and U-21,he has Togolese and Ghanaian descent
19-year-old Jeremy Doku, also known as The King of Dribbles, is among 20 young players the BBC has backed to shine in the Euros if given the opportunity.
Doku who plays for Rennes was born to Ghanaian parents in Belgium. This is his first major tournament, a reward for his consistency since Roberto Martinez handed him a debut last year.
Doku is seen as Eden Hazard’s long-term successor and could have been playing in the Premier League now, but he turned down a move to Liverpool three years ago.
Robin Kwamina Quaison
Also, Robin Kwamina Quaison made the Swedish squad. Born in Stockholm to a Ghanaian father and a Swedish mother, Quaison has been representing Sweden since 2013 but, surprisingly this is his first tournament.
The 27-year-old has been named among the midfielders but can be used as a second striker as he enjoyed a great scoring season in Germany with Mainz. He scored 7 goals and set up 5.
Midfielder cum right-back Nikolai Alho completes the list. He is part of Finland’s 26-man squad. Alho is not only a footballer, but he is also a well-known musician in Finland. He was born and raised in Finland but also carries British citizenship. His father is from Ghana.