Former Aston Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi confirms he could switch his national allegiance from Holland to Morocco in time for the World Cup, as the PSV man played just twice for the Oranje seven years ago
- Anwar El Ghazi confirms he could switch allegiance from Holland to Morocco
- The PSV winger has dual nationality, but played just two Dutch qualifiers in 2015
- The former Aston Villa player is hoping to complete the switch by the World Cup
- Morocco must declare their squad for the Qatar tournament by November 13
Anwar El Ghazi has confirmed he could switch his national allegiance from Holland to Morocco in time for the World Cup.
The PSV forward, who previously spent four years at Aston Villa and a brief loan spell at Everton, was born in Barendrecht in The Netherlands. But he has dual citizenship, and could have played for Morocco instead.
He opted for the Europeans, reportedly on the advice of Cristiano Ronaldo, but played just two games for the Oranje senior side in 2015, as part of qualifying for the European Championships the following year.
Anwar El Ghazi has said he could change allegiance from Holland to Morocco by the World Cup
The 27-year-old was named in Louis van Gaal’s provisional squad for the country’s tilt at the Euro 2020 trophy last year, but ultimately was not included in Dutch plans.
After being omitted from manager van Gaal’s provisional Oranje squad for Qatar, El Ghazi said he could switch his allegiances to the red of Morocco, according to Complete Sports.
El Ghazi scored the opener for PSV Eindhoven in their 3-0 win over NEC Nijmegen in the Dutch league on Sunday, after moving to the Dutch club at the end of August.
He then said Morocco’s federation were working towards getting him available for the World Cup. The country have to confirm coach Walid Regragui’s squad by November 13, seven days before the tournament’s opening fixture.
Morocco’s World Cup campaign begins on November 23 against 2018 finalists Croatia, before further group stage games against Belgium and Canada.
Before the tournament, PSV have a Europa League commitment against Bodo/Glimt, before league matches against Ajax and AZ Alkmaar.
El Ghazi joined Aston Villa in 2018, initially on loan, and stayed with them until the summer. He joined Everton on loan in January 2022, but played just two matches for the Toffees.
El Ghazi joined Aston Villa in 2018, and after a brief loan at Everton, switched to PSV in August