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2014 World Cup: Leicester City defender Schlupp wants to play for Ghana in Brazil

Published on: 22 April 2014
Jeffery Schlupp wants to play for Ghana at the World Cup

England-based defender Jeffery Schlupp says he is keen playing for Ghana at the World Cup in June after Black Stars monitoring team watched him in action.

The 21-year-old, who plays for Leicester City, was watched by Black Stars assistant coach Maxwell Konadu during his recent visit of England as the Black Stars monitor players before naming their final squad.

Schlupp has played one match for the Black Stars and has been in outstanding form this season with Leicester City helping them to gain promotion to the English Premier League next season.

The striker-turned-defender has fitted in well in the left-back position for Leicester having played 31 matches which means he can solve Ghana's left-back problem.

Schlupp says he is keen on playing for the Black Stars in Brazil in June.

"I have spoken to him a few times and he has always said, ever since I was first capped in 2011, that as long as I was playing regular football he would keep an eye on me," said Schlupp.

"It has come at a good time, to be playing regular football in a promotion-winning team and with the World Cup coming this year. You never know, so fingers crossed.

"There are a few friendlies at the end of the month so I will be speaking to him again shortly and I will see what he says.

"I don't mind how he wants to use me. I would go to the World Cup as the kit man."

Schlupp was born in Germany to Ghanaian parents and moved to England at a tender age to fulfil his ambitions of playing in the Premier League.


This article has 35 comment(s), give your comment
  • olich says:
    April 22, 2014 08:01 am
    Keep doing what u know best kid and time will surely tell. Good luck son
  • real sabacious says:
    April 22, 2014 08:02 am
    You merit to be in Brasil more than Addy and opare if current form and consistency is anything to go by.Again the championship is among the top leagues in the world,Boy if u failed to make is,blame ur management Tony Yeboah and co for not fighting for ur inclusion.all the best
  • Benny says:
    April 22, 2014 08:58 am
    Real Sabacious,you have a point but l think even if Schlupp was Yegoala's family member,he would not get involve in his selection .Yegoala would not want any pchizophrenic lunatic to rain insult on him just as some peasant nonentities who are residing in bushes in Ghana do everyday on GSN. AA has to be a man of his word.He said if Schlupp plays regularly,he would invite him and the guy is playing regularly.They are given bench warmers in South AFrica all the attention under the sun so l don't see why Schlupp should not be invited to justify himself.There has to be a crunch competition in every department.Nobody should be automatic.
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    April 22, 2014 09:17 am
    Schlupp definitely has to be on the plane to Brazil no two ways about it, he merits a place in the final 23 man squad.
  • paul says:
    April 22, 2014 10:49 am
    Schlupp is already on the plane together with opare, inkoom and aful for the lateral positions. I see opare and schlupp starting at 2 and 3 respectively.
  • jb says:
    April 22, 2014 10:59 am
    He is far better than opare, addy and inkoom..AA we are watching you we need the right players a Brazil not SA bench warmers..
  • real sabacious says:
    April 22, 2014 11:05 am
    @Benny i have been watching him many times in the championship,the same league that Adomah is plying his trade and the same club that paintsil struggled to break into the 18 man squard.if whack player like kissi boateng was even called several times to solve the problematic leftback,what is it that a player who has been consistent for the best team in the championship is been overlook?The blame goes to his agency tony yeboah!atleast videos to the technical team and small payo to the hungry journos will do the trick for the young chap.Look at the way virtus managed players are hyped on this site ie badu,lee addy,inkoom etc Afriyir Acquah agent is also pushing hard for his inclusion to brasil by faking rumours but i prefer duncan and cofie to he Acquah.He is having a playing but he lacks alot as a midfielder his final touch is bad,bad dribbling skills and bad accurate passes.his main access is his strenght just the same way of his fellow B/A bro Badu
  • Fifa One says:
    April 22, 2014 11:23 am
    If he is currently playing in the left side of the defense, then i think he should be the automatic choice for our left side of defense because of his height and body build up. Also 31 matches in the season for a championship side is better than the Tunisian league and individuals like Harrison Afful, Dan Opare, David Addy, respectively. I think Opera should be made to go back to his natural right side of the defense. The rest can serve as back up to this two in my opinion.
  • real sabacious says:
    April 22, 2014 11:33 am
    @fifa one he has being playing as a left back all season for leicester and i can bet u that the players u mentioned will struggle in the championship.schlupp he no nonsense player,he always make sure he wins his tackles and his opponents never go pass him;his confident level is high and he is good at joining the attack.
  • Benny says:
    April 22, 2014 11:56 am
    Real Sabacious, l think we are all singing the same tune.AA needs to to the honourable thing and honour his word We are watching.There is Skype,but AA chose to go to watch bench warmers in South AFrica when he could have communicate with them via Skype and sought any information he likes from the players management on phone or fax.Schlupp doesn't need anybody to pay payo as you were saying to anybody.AA's job is to have an extensive lookout for every player.Schlupp has justify his inclusion on merit and should at least be given a fair due.AA should include him to give Afful,Inkoom and Opare a good competitive run for their money.
  • Nana says:
    April 22, 2014 12:07 pm
    Guys you are being too much, honestly, the guy is not that bad ,we all know he plays with physique but lacks skills plus he's mostly out of his lines ,I will take David addy over him. Nevertheless,he will be called to justify his inclusion And some critics that criticise the coach over going to South A , let me tell you football is a skill and sometimes puzzle don't think the piece can only be found in big leagues
  • Coach says:
    April 22, 2014 12:25 pm
    Real Sagacious, I agree with you on a number of things you said. However, I disagree with when you say Duncan and Coffie re beeter than Afriyie Acquah. How consistent is Duncan and Coffie in the series ? Duncan is a bad passer of the ball, poor vision and anticipation, not able to tackle well and very slow in addition to other weakness. Yes Schlup can solve our left back problem, but Mr Appiah has made it emphatically clear that he will select from those who played the qualifiers. So, as usual, the virtue manage players will definitely be there and don't be surprise to see Kiss I Boating,that short man with Mazembe etc
  • real sabacious says:
    April 22, 2014 12:31 pm
    @Nana how many players in the stars got the skills u mentioned?Badu,Rabiu,Inkoom,Akaminko,jonathan,Sumaila all got zero skills!i think u havent been watching him that much like i have done.He defend and recovers well.find his tape and watch before u give wrong infor
  • askantwi says:
    April 22, 2014 12:56 pm
    Sabacious, how dare you say that this guy is better than Opare. Inkoom and Opare are the best Ghana has to offer, and they are world class. see how they will prove you wrong in Brazil. If Schlupp was that good how come no premier league club going after him? How do you know Yegoala is not fighting on his behalf? If you pay money for comments you wouldn't be writing such nonsense.
  • wee ba says:
    April 22, 2014 01:58 pm
    Schlup is gud and best option for the world cup as left back.too bad he might hav to pay som bribes first.we hav seen a whole national team coach fly to SA to watch bench warmers,its all bcos they pay.You shud pay payola to gsn and especially ameenu shadow that fucktard admin
  • Boro says:
    April 22, 2014 03:08 pm
    Anytime i come to this site i become so pleased when i get to read comments from people like selfmade, real sabaceous and askantwi but i must say i am so disappointed with askantwi today when he says opare and inkoom are world class. Sometimes being on top form at the club level might not necessarily mean you can be good at the national level and vice-versa. Infact, the only advantage nkoom and opare have over schlupp is that they are have been tried and tested but both have failed over the years to make the lateral défense their own. This is why even after Ghana has qualified people still call other players to be also given their chance in the Bs. I think we must be objective and stop this kind of cheap propaganda which seems to have hijacked all aspects in this country.
  • Assemblyman says:
    April 22, 2014 03:24 pm
    Maybe he could go to Brazil as a versatile player which can step in defense and striking role once needed..but it's up to those gangs at the GFA to decide..
  • Assemblyman says:
    April 22, 2014 03:30 pm
    Askantwi..nana,man united was after him.but ferguson shortly retired after he had successful trials with hope of being signed .when moyes took over the club,the deal couldn't be completed .hence he returned to Leicester with future assurances.moreover,it was his trial at Manchester when they discovered his defensive abilities..
  • Assemblyman says:
    April 22, 2014 03:34 pm
    Yeah that Ameenh shadow he be one kwasia boy like that
  • sticky straw says:
    April 22, 2014 03:40 pm
    @Askantwi hahaha Samuel inkoom world class player? Hahaha infact u need not comment on this site again because I could see u don't know anything about football u shaa paaa
  • omanbapa says:
    April 22, 2014 04:01 pm
    Did I hear Sabacious call Inkoom and Opare world class player's ??? OMG am short of words. Mheeen I hope u don't mean it bro.
  • omanbapa says:
    April 22, 2014 04:03 pm
    Sorry Askantwi I should say.
  • real sabacious says:
    April 22, 2014 04:13 pm
    @Boro & sticky straw i decided to ignore him cuz he doesnt know what he was talking about.Like i said players like sumaila ,afful,opare and inkoom will struggle in championship.Bristol city rejected AA favourite Afful he had trials,atleast the championship is much tougher than the belgium,tunisia,South africa and to some extend the Greek league.with the exception of olypiamkos the rest are crap!
  • Coach says:
    April 22, 2014 05:32 pm
    Hahaha.... Guys Samuel Incoom is an anoitted one so far as Black stars is concern, whether he is playing hockey, baseball or busy warming bench in relegation bound team in a mediocre league he will still go to Brazil. Who will bet with me
  • selfmade says:
    April 22, 2014 05:36 pm
    Is wrong to use champions league, leagues etc to determine whether a player merits a call up or not into the national team! Is very wrong!! Club or league football is different from national team assignments!! Infact they are different ball game altogether and I have already see the people who has been using this assertion for certain players to be call into the national team and when the time comes and these players performed below average, I ll remind them!! We have countless examples of world class players and legends who were awesome or have been awesome for their clubs but perform abysmally for their respective national teams and recent typical eg is messi!! Again there are some players who are less effective with their clubs but performs wonderfully for their national teams eg is cannavaroo! Time is the most effective deciceder of everything and we are waiting to see how the likes of these ' AWESOME' players ll perform for the nation and how they ll OUTCLASS opare, inkoom and others!!
  • selfmade says:
    April 22, 2014 05:47 pm
    Am yet to see any lateral backs or full backs who can be so complete defensively and offensively togather!! Am yet to see a full back presently or in the past, who can run CLOCKWISELY to initiate attacks from the back and then run by ANTICLOCKWISE in record time to win back possession DEFENSIVELY! Can anybody name me one? Some forumites are saying the likes of inkoom, afful and opare are not good for these full back positions and I can BET ANYONE that schlupp ll be EXPOSED BIG TIME defensively too when he is use on that position at the WC!!
  • Coach says:
    April 22, 2014 06:47 pm
    So Selfmade, you are impress with performance of Incoom at the right back right? I am surprise at you and your analysis, Incoom is a disaster both at national and club level, there is no positive about him so far as foot ball is concern
  • Coach says:
    April 22, 2014 06:57 pm
    Again, if club football is unimportant ,then we should use carpenter s, masons, second hand cloths sellers , watch men etc in place of good performing players
  • selfmade says:
    April 22, 2014 07:32 pm
    @ coach.... Did u understand what I said or- u just want to rush to reply to my posts!!.. Did i said club football is not important? Where in my posts did I say that? Read my post again and get what I meant! I said club football is different from national team football and that some players can hit the right form in their clubs but cannot transoform the same form into their respective national team and vice versa!! The summary of what I said is that we need to tone down the high expectations of certain players other than that these players can be destroy by the same fans when they fail to perform!! At least we have seen the performances of inkooms, opares etc but what we are yet to see the performance of schlupp in the national colors and from what am seeing from u and your likes, the pressure can make him disappoint!! We are yet to see!! I hope when that day comes, u don't turn around!!
  • Assemblyman says:
    April 22, 2014 07:46 pm
    Coach.hahaha..when did Ghana become New Zealand to fix trades men to play for the country ..LOL
  • selfmade says:
    April 22, 2014 07:57 pm
    I know what am saying and there are huge precedents with Ghanaian fans clamoring for inclusion of certain players into the national team because of a temporary form- and then the players turned out to FLOP BIG TIME!! These rushings and unnecessary hype by the media and charlatan Dan's has destroyed a lot of promising careers! Prior to afcon 2008, sell out Ghanaian media and some fans hype AHMED BARUSSO to the heaven as the saviour and the best midfielder on the planet but lo and behold, the tournament exposed him as nothing than a very AVERAGE PLAYER and what happened to him afterwards? He was completely destroyed by Ghanaians!! Had we tone down the huge expectations and gradually usher him in, he wld have a great asset to us all!! What about Mohammed ABU? This guy was a gem but too much expectations destroyed him too and where is he now? What about massaawudu ALHASSAN? The same hype surrounding this dude and how he ll solve our so called problematic left back position because he is a natural left player and where is he now and how did he fared in that position during the 2012 afcon? Am not a prophet of doom but schlupp has only one match for the national team and I can bet anyone that after three matches, we ll see how ll be treated by Ghanaians and how he ll OUTPERFORM the likes of inkoom, opare and afful in that so called problematic position!
  • Assemblyman says:
    April 22, 2014 08:08 pm
    Sticky straw.well inkoom during his time at Basel was gradually becoming a world class and hugely pursued by AS Roma,Arsenal and Liverpool ,just to name a few.But an unwise decision which could hv come from his club,management or himself personally to choose to play in Ukraine killed that dream.because Dnipro offered monies not seen by those parties involved with Inkoom's career.So they sold him to waste his bright future .even in Ukraine he was still pursued by Liverpool till one match he earned a real dumb and unnecessary red card when he was substituted.maybe look on YouTube sometime.that finally killed his dream of being like maicon and the the end Dnipro changed coaches,racial abuse,burglar attacks and others made him unsettled there in Ukraine .then was deemed as surplus by Dnipro.lack of playing time and issues means lack of form.but during these times Akwasi Appiah was inviting him to play for the blackstars.which didn't go down well with Ghanaian football fans at all,including myself .but hey ,he has started to pick up pieces of his career again after playing in Greece.he could be back to top form once again soon.
  • big boss says:
    April 22, 2014 08:16 pm
    I co-sign 100% with SELFMADE! We need to tone down expectations for this guy otherwise the pressure ll get to him eventually!! He is a good player but good players can be destroyed by pressure!! Ghanaians are unassuming!! Razak braimah should even be an eg!!
  • nas says:
    April 22, 2014 08:22 pm
    @selfmade I think you are spot on the heap on this guy is just too much
  • harry says:
    April 23, 2014 05:46 am
    @Selfmade.You talk too much.Too long comments.Learn summary wai