Follow your heart and I will support your decision – Brighton boss Graham Potter tells Tariq Lamptey over Ghana switch

Brighton and Hove Albion head coach, Graham Potter has said he is ready to support Tariq Lamptey’s over nationality switch.

The English-born defender is among the few European-born players who have been linked to play for the Black Stars ahead of the 2022 World Cup later this year.

The Brighton right-back has represented England, the country of his birth, at different age groups below senior level, including two appearances for the under-21s.

“Regardless of Tariq’s situation, playing in a World Cup is going to be fantastic for any player. That’s something for him to consider, but it’s more about where he feels in his heart he should play. That’s up to Tariq, I’ll support whatever decision he makes.”

Lamptey, signed from Chelsea in January 2020, qualifies for Ghana through his parents.

Potter added: “Obviously, I’ve never had to think about that decision. I’d like to think it’s more about how he feels in terms of who he wants to represent. There will be a family consideration.

“I don’t think you take that decision necessarily from a career perspective, it’s more about what feels right for him as a human being and as a footballer. That’s complex.

“We are definitely here for him if he wants to speak about anything or ask any questions. It won’t be us steering him either way, it’s a case of listening to him, what he thinks, and to make sure he knows he’s got our support.”

Lamptey could make his 50th appearance for Brighton against relegation-threatened Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday.

Ghana meanwhile are in Group H with Portugal, South Korea and Uruguay.

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