England have called up Ghana-born youngster Emmanuel Frimpong forÂ an U19 friendly next month, in an apparent bid to prevent him from playing for the Black Stars.
The 18-year-old is part of the 18-man squad named by coach Noel Blake for the friendly against Slovakia next month.
This comes after his Arsenal club manager Arsene Wenger urged England to make sure they cap him before he is courted to play for the country of his parents.
The youngster isÂ on the vergeÂ of a major breakthrough withÂ the EnglishÂ giants this season after excelling in the Emirates Cup last week..
Frimpong, who has played for Englandâ€™s youth teams, was pivotal in the midfield when playing against Clarence Seedorf as Arsenal won the pre-season tournament that had big teams like AC Milan, Celtic and Lyon.
His performance prompted respected coach Wenger to adviseÂ the English FA to act quickly to persuade Arsenalâ€™s young midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong to play for England even though the youngster had stated his desire on wearing theÂ Black StarsÂ jersey.
But with no movement yet from the Ghana Football Association over capping the youngster, England have added him to their youth squad in a bid to assure him about his future with the Three Lions.
The 18-year-old was born in Accra,Â GhanaÂ but moved to London in 2000 and has represented England at Under-16 and 18 level, but Frimpong indicated he has a desire to represent his birth country few months ago.
Depsite thecall up he can still play for Ghana as he has not yet played for the England senior national team.