Kevin-Prince Boateng claims his heart is 100 per cent Ghanaian now after admitting his decision to play for the Black Stars had been made with his head.
The Portsmouth midfielder made a quiet bow last Saturday culminating in a chase that began four years ago when he turned down the chance to represent Ghana at the 2006 World Cup.
Boateng said at the time he was too young to decide and did not hide the fact that his first preference was to pay for Germany for whom he has already played for at youth level.
But with no call-up coming and Ghana persisting especially after a number of good displays for Portsmouth, he made up his mind.
“When I started playing in England and even when i didn’t play for Ghana I got a lot of support from Ghanaians. When I was driving on the street a lot of Ghanaians saw me and said keep going and I thought I would feel loved here,Ã¢â‚¬Â he told the BBC.
“I made a decision from my head but now my heart is 100 per cent Ghanaian now. I am trying to learn the languages as soon as possible because I want to understand everything. My head and my heart is a 100 per cent Ghanaian.”
Boateng says knowing he could be playing at the World Cup is a feeling ‘words cannot describe’.
Like most of the players in the side, Boateng knows he is not guaranteed a place in the squad even though he would do everything to play in one particular game.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“For me I think every game is the same. Of course for me the Germany game will be special but if you are on the field it will be like any game of 90 minutes where you want to make one goal more than the other team.
“The people in Ghana will want me to win because I play for the Ghana side. My family will just be proud to see two brothers play at the World Cup in the biggest competition and I think there would just pride and hopefully the better side will win.”