Aston Villa star Matty Cash named in Poland squad for World Cup qualifiers after switching allegiance from England

MATTY CASH is set to make his debut for Poland after switching national allegiances.

The Aston Villa defender has been named in Paulo Sousa’s squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary.


Cash was born in Slough but qualifies for Poland through his mother and grandfather.

He applied for citizenship in the country back in September.

Last week Polish FA President Cezary Kulesza confirmed the 24-year-old's application had been approved.

The right-back now has dual nationality – with Poland’s President Andrzej Duda quick to Tweet: "Congratulations and good luck on the pitch."

Cash responded on social media, posting a picture of himself in the Polish Embassy and replied: "Thank you Mr President.

"It is an honour and an extremely important moment for me and my family. I'll do my best on the pitch."

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Cash met with Sousa last week when he was assured he has role to play as the Poles push to qualify for Qatar next year.

The Villans star, who has never been capped at any level before, later took to Instagram to issue a statement.

He said: "This is a very important and proud day for me and my family.

"My application to get a Polish citizenship has been approved by Polish authorities.

"I would like to thank Mr President, my family and other people who helped me with that.

"Now it's time for a new challenges, I will give my all for this country."

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