‘We have started the process’ - Gedion Zelalem closing in on USA chance

Gedion Zelalem is closing in on the chance to play for the USA.

Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem is closing in on being able to represent the USA national football team.

The 17-year-old was granted US citizenship earlier this week and now the process is underway to ensure he can represent said country in due course.

US Soccer President Sunil Gulati took to Twitter on Tuesday to write, “Gedion Zelalem is now a US citizen. At his request we have started the FIFA process which would allow him to be eligible for the US men’s national team.”

The Arsenal youngster was born in Germany but had been widely expected to join up with Jurgen Klinsmann’s side if the opportunity arose; and it now appears it will do for a player rated highly at the Emirates Stadium.

Zelalem has only made two senior appearances for Arsenal so far, but he is expected to become an integral part of the side in the years to come, and it now also appears he could do the same for the USA.

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