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Premier League striker switches allegiance to Cameroon ahead of World Cup

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The Indomitable Lions have received a squad boost as they prepare for the global tournament.

Brentford striker Bryan Mbeumo has switched his international allegiance to Cameroon.

Having represented France at the U21 level, the 22-year-old has decided to commit his international future to the Indomitable Lions.

An official statement from Cameroon’s football federation reads: “The federation have the pleasure to announce that the footballer Bryan Mbeumo has decided to play for the national football team of Cameroon – the Indomitable Lions.

“This decision, which is the culmination of conversations nourished with the president of FECAFOOT [Samuel Eto’o], is driven by the rediscovered credibility of FECAFOOT and the professionalism of the management of national team selections in Cameroon.”


Mbeumo joined Troyes’ senior side in 2018 after coming through their youth ranks. Only a year later, the Cameroonian striker’s performances convinced Brentford to sign him on a £5.8m deal.

Samuel Eto’o has reportedly intensified his efforts to convince a host of players to switch their international allegiances to Cameroon. 

In addition to Mbeumo, Cameroon hope to convince Manchester United’s Anthony Elanga to join them ahead of the World Cup.

The Indomitable Lions will compete against Switzerland, Serbia and Brazil in Group G of the Qatar tournament.