Boateng focused on Pompey
Kevin-Prince Boateng is disappointed to have been snubbed by Ghana, but will be give his all for Portsmouth.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 30/12/09 10:10am
Kevin-Prince Boateng is disappointed to have been snubbed by Ghana, but is ready to give his all for Portsmouth.
The German-born midfielder had been hoping to head off to the African Cup of Nations in January, as he qualifies to represent Ghana through his father.
However, the former Tottenham man has been overlooked by national coach Milovan Rajevac.
Boateng is refusing to give up on his international dreams, with the 2010 World Cup still very much in his thoughts, and hopes a number of positive displays for Pompey in their battle to avoid the drop will help to strengthen his cause.
"Obviously it would have been an unbelievable thing for me to play African Nations for Ghana - but it looks now like I will not go," he said.
"Still, I am just happy to play for Portsmouth and try to keep them up, so both ways I would be happy.
"Ghana is 100 per cent my future, though. I want to play for the Black Stars.
"In the meantime, I am concentrating on Portsmouth and we have got to keep going and playing football.
"If we stay up I think there is a big chance for me to go to the World Cup."
Next up for Boateng is a crunch clash against high-flying Arsenal on Wednesday, with the 22-year-old admitting it is imperative Avram Grant's side take something from the Fratton Park encounter.
"We need the points so we'll get out there and try to make it as hard for Arsenal as possible," he said.
"If you play against a big team, you concentrate and focus because you know if you make one mistake, it's a goal.
"Arsenal are one of the best teams in the world, so we have to be focused and concentrated against the teams around us and switch it on 100 per cent.
"The thing with us is that we know we have to get a result every weekend because it's so hard to get out of the bottom three."