England could miss out on rising star Folarin Balogun, with the striker qualifying to team up with the United States after being left out of Gareth Southgate's Euro 2024 qualifiers squad. The striker has impressed on loan at Stade Reims this season, scoring 17 goals in 27 Ligue 1 games - but it was not enough for Southgate to give him his first Three Lions call-up.
And the 21-year-old has reacted negatively to the news, posting a cryptic message on Instagram. Addressing his 245K followers on the platform, he penned: "In life go where you are appreciated."
A few days later Balogun withdrew from the England Under-21s squad through injury. And he has now fuelled speculation he could be set to quit England and join the USMNT by rocking up in Orlando, Florida.
As a result, England fans have taken to social media in their droves to air their dismay over the fact that Balogun wasn't included in Southgate's side. Alongside an array of angry-faced emojis, one person penned: "Folarin Balogun deserves an England call-up more than anyone else right now. What planet is Gareth Southgate on?"
Echoing their comments, someone else said: "Gareth Southgate fumbled this. After Harry Kane retires, what striker do England have?" While a third remarked: "Gareth Southgate losing England one of the best young talents in world football right now."
The US national team is training in the city ahead of games against Grenada and El Salvador in the CONCACAF Nations League.
The striker is eligible to play for England and Nigeria, but he can also play for the United States as he was born in New York. Balogun has represented both England and the USA at youth level - but is yet to earn his first senior international cap.
Balogun was asked about reports surrounding his international future back in November and told PUNCH Sports Extra: "I don’t have a problem with it. It’s the role of the media to ask these kinds of questions and I accept it.
"I’m going to make a decision soon and that decision will not depend on what the media or people think but on what is best for me. We will talk about it quietly with my family.
"Because my parents are Nigerian, their first language is Yoruba. I have a lot of family in Nigeria. My mother also has family in New York and Atlanta, with whom we exchange regularly and who sometimes visit us in London.
"And London is my city, it’s where I grew up, where my friends are and, if people ask me where I’m from, I say I’m English. But yes, I am a mixture of all these cultures."