Boateng chooses Ghana over Germany

Midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has joined Jermaine Jones in opting against a possible future with the German national team, favouring Ghana instead.

"I would like to play for Ghana. I have made contact with officials... It's Ghana I would like to progress with," Boateng, 22, said.

The Berlin-born midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan with Borussia Dortmund from Tottenham Hotspur, 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.

It's Ghana I would like to progress with.
Midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng

Jones, a 27-year-old midfielder with Schalke, decided earlier this month to play for the USA having only made it as far as the German youth side, whereas Boateng has made three appearances for the "A" team.

Boateng insisted he had nothing against the German Federation [DFB] for 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, that's all."

Jones had, in contrast, intimated that he did not find favour with Germany coach Joachim Loew, suggesting in the media that he did not make the UEFA EURO 2008 squad for reasons including having tattoos and also that the colour of his skin might not have helped him. Jones has double US and German nationality, as his father is stationed with US forces in Germany.

He is to benefit from a decision made earlier this month to abolish age limits for a player to switch national side having set a previous limit of 21. However, a player may not switch if he has played in qualifiers for a major tournament or in a tournament itself.