Matty Cash applied for Polish citizenship in September and the Aston Villa right-back says he will give his all for his new national team; Cash first approached the Polish FA about switching in 2018 and has met manager Paulo Sousa ahead of two key World Cup Qualifiers in November
Tuesday 26 October 2021 17:49, UK
Matty Cash has officially been granted Polish citizenship and could play his first game for the national team next month.
Despite growing up in England, Cash qualifies for Polish citizenship through his mother and grandfather.
The 24-year-old first spoke to the Polish FA three years ago about the possibility of switching.
The change in international allegiance comes following talks between the president of the Polish Football Association, Cezary Kulesza, and the country's President Andrzej Duda.
Paulo Sousa's team have a World Cup qualifying double-header against Andorra and Hungary in November and those games could be Cash's first outings for the national side.
After being granted citizenship and meeting Poland's manager on Tuesday, Cash wrote on his Instagram page: "This is a very important and proud day for me and my family.
"My application to get 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 challenge, I will give my all for this Country."
Sousa added there was a "lot of enthusiasm" about playing for Poland in Cash's family and said: "Playing in the national team is not only a great responsibility but also something additional, which is very difficult to describe in words."
Cash, who will play with Leeds United's Mateusz Klich, lodged the necessary paperwork in September to acquire a Polish passport and is set to make his mark in Sousa's team with less than 13 months until the next World Cup in Qatar.
Speaking earlier on Tuesday about the prospect of playing for Poland, Cash said: "I'm really ready for it, really excited. We're going through the paperwork at the minute and I've had the chance to meet the manager this morning.
"It'll be a real honour to play for this country. I've watched loads of games. The fans are brilliant, passionate. Hopefully I can bring that to the side, passion and 100 per cent commitment. That's my game.
"I also know Klich well from Leeds United. I've had many battles against him. We actually had a conversation and I said it would be nice to play with him and not against him.
"The squad's brilliant with a great manager and, hopefully, success is what we're going to bring."
Poland are second in Group I behind England and will likely need to qualify for a place at the World Cup through the play-offs.
Cash scored his first goal for Aston Villa in the 3-0 win over Everton and has become a first-team regular under Dean Smith, having joined the club from Nottingham Forest for £16m in September 2020.