FIFA allow change of allegiances for AZ Alkmaar’s Johannsson

Aron Johannsson has been granted permission by FIFA to represent the USA national team.

Aron Johannsson has been granted permission by FIFA to represent the USA national team.

The 22-year old American-born striker has represented Iceland at U21 level but has now changed allegiances to his nation of birth where he lived for just three years as a child before returning as a teenager.

AZ Alkmaar striker Johannsson has now been called up for Juergen Klinsmann’s squad for Wednesday’s friendly with Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo which has delighted both he and the national team boss.

“I’m super happy,” said Johannsson. “When I came here, I didn’t expect that I was going to be eligible to play. The coach told me right after training that the approval came through. I’m very excited.”

Klinsmann added: “We are obviously very thrilled for Aron. It’s an exciting time for him. He’s done a great job in these couple days getting to know the guys. Hopefully if the game goes well tomorrow night, there will be a chance for him to make his debut with the US National Team.”

 
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