Bundesliga news in English

After Boateng comments: 10 other players who chose not to play for Germany

By Bulinews Team

Kevin-Prince Boateng isn't the only player who could have played for Germany, but chose to represent another country.

Joel Matip (left)Photo: Дмитрий Садовников/Soccer.ru/CC-by-SA 3.0

In a recent interview with Gazetta dello Sport, Kevin-Prince Boateng has explained why he rejected the chance to play for Germany to represent Ghana instead.

"There was no room for me there (in the German national team), because I always say what I think. Back then, a guy like me wasn't wanted," Boateng said and added:

"I wanted to represent who I am by playing for my country, and that's why I chose to play for Ghana. I'm happy because it enabled me to discover my origins."

Sky Germany has made this list of 10 players who - just like Boateng - could have played for Germany, but chose not to:

Joel Matip (Liverpool), Cameroun
Matip was born in Bochum, but decided to represent Cameroun in 2010 at the age of 18.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Paris Saint-Germain), Cameroun
Born in Hamburg, Choupo-Moting played for Germany at youth level, but opted to represent Cameroun in 2010.

Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal), Bosnia and Herzegovina
The left-back was born in Karlsruhe and played for several German youth national teams before he opted to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2013.

Jermaine Jones (retired), USA
Jones, who was born in Frankfurt, featured in three friendlies for Germany, but in 2010, he was allowed to play for the United States instead as he didn't appear in any official games for Germany.

Martin Harnik (Werder Bremen), Austria
Harnik was born in Hamburg, but already at an early age, he knew that he wanted to represent Austria. He played for several Austrian youth national team before making his debut for the senior side in 2007.

Hakan Calhanoglu (AC Milan), Turkey
Many German-born players have decided to play for Turkey. One of them is Hakan Calhanoglu - born in Mannheim - who represented different Turkish youth national teams before making his senior international debut in 2013.

Nuri Sahin (Werder Bremen), Turkey
Also Werder Bremen's Nuri Sahin, who was born in Lüdenscheid, decided to play for Turkey instead of Germany. In 2005, Sahin became the youngest Turkey senior international and goalscorer in a 2-1 win over Germany. He retired from international football in 2017.

Hamit Altintop and Halil Altintop (both without a club), Turkey
The twin brothers were born in Gelsenkirchen, but both decided to represent Turkey.

Ömer Toprak (Borussia Dortmund), Turkey
Toprak, who was born in Ravensburg, played for the German Under-19 team before deciding to play for Turkey in 2011.

Latest news
Rangnick rages: 'I still can't grasp the behaviour of the players' Kovac: 'Sanches will play regularly in the coming weeks' Grosskreutz: 'I like to play football - no matter where' Hannover 96's Wimmer has no plans of returning to England Leverkusen aim for first Bundesliga win after vital confidence boost Report: Serie A duo eye Renato Sanches Goretzka returns to Schalke: 'This is a special game for me' Rangnick: 'We can only blame ourselves' How the Bundesliga teams could line up for matchday four 3 Fantasy Bundesliga investments you could make for matchday four Favre's Dortmund team needs time and patience Meier turns down KFC Uerdingen offer FIFA 19: The Bundesliga's best dribblers Germany climb three places in FIFA World Rankings Report: Dortmund consider Frankfurt striker Kruse given time to consider his future Nagelsmann on Hoffenheim's Champions League debut: 'We can be proud' Rummenigge reacts to Boateng criticism Kovac on Renato Sanches: 'We knew that he can play football' Report: Dortmund eye Spanish youngster Wiese: 'Mourinho wanted to bring me to Real Madrid' Ambitious 3. Liga side sign another ex-Bundesliga player Witsel explains how the Bundesliga differs from the Chinese Super League Report: Premier League duo want Hertha starlet Götze: 'I would have liked to play for 90 minutes' Boateng complains about lack of support from Bayern bosses Tedesco after 1-1 draw: 'We are slightly disappointed' Reus: 'I'll take the ugly win' Europa League win could give Leverkusen vital confidence boost Dortmund boss: German Europa League participants 'weren't up to the task' Witsel 'surprised' by Borussia Dortmund's young team Özil's agent blasts Neuer, Kroos and Müller: 'They are either naive or scheming' Germany could poach Klinsmann from the United States Bayern boss: We will run out of players if we aren't given more protection Hütter: 'Rebic is not in the shape he needs to be in' Matthäus: Bayern will not have any problems despite injuries Bayern duo fit for Benfica clash Kruse: We need to internalize a winning mentality UCL Fantasy tips: Bundesliga bargains you should consider Fährmann: Casillas is a role model for me Schmidt: 'Being a head coach is not the healthiest profession' 'Tedesco must be careful what he does' Injury forces Goretzka to stop training Tuchel: Bayern proposal came too late Bundesliga team of the week – Matchday 3 Alcacer and Delaney ruled out of Dortmund's Champions League opener Gomez: 'I can't do anything else than scoring goals' Ribéry turned down 'serious offers from China' Watzke: 'Just leave Götze alone!' Klaassen: 'It feels like a defeat'

Bundesliga news in English

Rangnick rages: 'I still can't grasp the behaviour of the players' ToplistHow the Bundesliga teams could line up for matchday four Toplist3 Fantasy Bundesliga investments you could make for matchday four Team of the weekBundesliga team of the week – Matchday 3 Kovac: 'Sanches will play regularly in the coming weeks' ToplistThe 11 best German football quotes of the 2017/18 season Grosskreutz: 'I like to play football - no matter where' RumorHannover 96's Wimmer has no plans of returning to England Leverkusen aim for first Bundesliga win after vital confidence boost RumorReport: Serie A duo eye Renato Sanches Goretzka returns to Schalke: 'This is a special game for me' Rangnick: 'We can only blame ourselves' Favre's Dortmund team needs time and patience RumorMeier turns down KFC Uerdingen offer ToplistFIFA 19: The Bundesliga's best dribblers Germany climb three places in FIFA World Rankings RumorReport: Dortmund consider Frankfurt striker RumorKruse given time to consider his future Nagelsmann on Hoffenheim's Champions League debut: 'We can be proud' Rummenigge reacts to Boateng criticism Kovac on Renato Sanches: 'We knew that he can play football' RumorReport: Dortmund eye Spanish youngster RumorWiese: 'Mourinho wanted to bring me to Real Madrid' TransferAmbitious 3. Liga side sign another ex-Bundesliga player Witsel explains how the Bundesliga differs from the Chinese Super League RumorReport: Premier League duo want Hertha starlet Götze: 'I would have liked to play for 90 minutes' Boateng complains about lack of support from Bayern bosses Tedesco after 1-1 draw: 'We are slightly disappointed' Reus: 'I'll take the ugly win' Europa League win could give Leverkusen vital confidence boost Dortmund boss: German Europa League participants 'weren't up to the task' Witsel 'surprised' by Borussia Dortmund's young team Özil's agent blasts Neuer, Kroos and Müller: 'They are either naive or scheming' Germany could poach Klinsmann from the United States Bayern boss: We will run out of players if we aren't given more protection Hütter: 'Rebic is not in the shape he needs to be in' Matthäus: Bayern will not have any problems despite injuries Bayern duo fit for Benfica clash Kruse: We need to internalize a winning mentality ToplistUCL Fantasy tips: Bundesliga bargains you should consider Fährmann: Casillas is a role model for me Schmidt: 'Being a head coach is not the healthiest profession' 'Tedesco must be careful what he does' RumorInjury forces Goretzka to stop training Tuchel: Bayern proposal came too late Alcacer and Delaney ruled out of Dortmund's Champions League opener Gomez: 'I can't do anything else than scoring goals' Ribéry turned down 'serious offers from China' Watzke: 'Just leave Götze alone!' Klaassen: 'It feels like a defeat'
Bundesliga Tweets