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Anthony Elanga: Which African national team can call up United’s starlet?

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The teenage striker has taken the Premier League by storm this season, triggering questions over his international eligibility. 

Anthony Elanga is enjoying an impressive breakthrough campaign at Manchester United this season. Eight years after joining United’s academy, the 19-year-old is establishing himself as a regular starter under Ralf Rangnick.

United’s current form prevents Elanga from getting enough opportunities. However, he has been effective whenever he gets decent chances in front of the goal.

With a new international break being just around the corner, the topic of Elanga’s international eligibility has surfaced in the media once again.

The teenager can play for Sweden as his birthplace. He is also a citizen of the Scandinavian nation, which automatically enables the Swedish national team to call him up. 

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Having lived in Manchester for the past eight years, Elanga can also apply for British citizenship. In that case, he will also be able to represent the Three Lions, potentially playing alongside some of his United teammates at the international level.

In addition to Sweden and England, Elanga can also become a part of Cameroon’s national team. His father, Joseph Elanga, was born in Cameroon and represented the Indomitable Lions during his career.

As of now, there are no reports of Cameroon making an effort to convince Elanga to join their current team. Their target striker, Vincent Aboubakar, was on fire at the AFCON, where he secured the competition’s golden boot.

However, with Aboubakar entering his thirties, Elanga can become an ideal choice to succeed him at the national team. It will be interesting to see whether the United starlet would get a call up from any team ahead of the upcoming Qatar World Cup.