Former Middlesbrough and Hull City captain George Boateng says he does not regret playing for the Netherlands. The Ghanaian born former footballer acquired Dutch nationality in a bid to make it easier to get into Feyenoord’s first team.
Boateng, 40, who made his international debut under Louis van Gaal in a 1–1 draw with Denmark, won four caps for Oranje between 2001 and 2006. Boateng could have represented Ghana but the former Boro man has no regrets not playing for Ghana.
“I do not regret playing for Holland,” he told TV3 Ghana’s breakfast show, New Day
”I played for Holland U16s and then into the U21s.
”The problem was that Ghana only realized that I was eligible to play for the Black Stars when it pretty much got too far.
” I was already on my way to play in the first team; the senior team which was a pity because if that opportunity did come and was there at the time I would have considered. But however life is life. It plans out as how it is.
”My heritage is here. I speak the language I love the food. This is it
”No. I don’t regret [representing Oranje] at all. It is what it is.
”Football in Holland is one of the highest education you can have and to come through the ranks of Feyenoord was not easy.
If you can imagine at the time I was probably the only player with an ethnicity background and I still made it through to the first team.
”So that just explains how hard it is. It is also an honour of course to wear the magical Oranje shirt.
”Not many can say that. I don’t have regrets. I’m blessed.
”I have two fantastic nations behind me.”
Boateng won the League Cup with Middlesbrough in the 2003-04 season.
George Boateng and former England international Sol Campbell are in Ghana to launch the 2016 Unity Match at the Banquet Hall, State House, Accra.