Chelsea prospect Armando Broja reveals snubbing England for Albanian national team was an ‘easy decision’ as 19-year-old striker prepares to face the Three Lions
- England face Albania on Sunday in a World Cup qualifier in latter’s capital city
- Striker Armando Broja was born in Slough but will be lining up for the hosts
- The 19-year-old is a hot prospect for Chelsea, playing on loan at Vitesse
- Broja is intending to help Albania qualify for the World Cup for the first time
Armando Broja is plotting Albania’s first World Cup qualification and has no regrets about snubbing England at international level, as the Chelsea striker gears up to face the Three Lions.
The 19-year-old is one of the west Londoners’ top prospects after a prolific 2019-20 season for the Blues’ academy, earning a loan move Dutch side Vitesse where he’s continued to thrive.
Broja was born in Slough and could have joined the army of young talent knocking on Gareth Southgate’s door. Instead, he’s aiming to cause an upset in Tirana when England visit on Sunday.
Armando Broja will face his nation of birth in when Albania and England meet on Sunday
The Chelsea striker was born in Slough but his parents are Albanian, swaying his decision
‘It is a big decision, of course, when you choose your country to play for,’ Broja told Goal.
‘I went for it because I have got Albanian blood in me, I am Albanian, my parents are Albanian so it was an easy decision.
‘I thought I would love to make the people there proud and make my parents proud. I wanted to lift Albania up as a country to get us to the World Cup or Euros. That’s the biggest thing for them.
‘If we got to the World Cup, it would be crazy and we would make history. We have never got there before so it would be something crazy as a country, you know.
Broja has been impressing in Holland after a superb season for Chelsea’s academy last term
The striker helped Albania to a 1-0 win over Andorra in their opening World Cup qualifier
‘I have a lot of family in Albania and I visited there every year so it is really a big part of my life.’
The 6ft 2in forward came on as a late substitute in his nation’s opening World Cup qualifier, beating Andorra 1-0 to keep pace with England on three points in Group I.
Broja will earn his fifth international appearance if he takes part against the Three Lions and will hope to bag a memorable first goal.
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