Denis Odoi could yet be at the World Cup later this year – but not for his native Belgium. The former Fulham defender has returned to his homeland to play for Club Brugges but his move back to Belgium has coincided with the conclusion of a three-year qualification process to represent Ghana at international level.

The 33 year-old, whose first contact with the Black Stars came in towards the start of his time at Fulham, has been named in their squad for their forthcoming World Cup play-off against Nigeria. He could make his debut this coming Friday or next Tuesday after FIFA approved his switch of nationality. Odoi, whose father is from Ghana, has not played a competitive game for Belgium, with his only cap coming in a friendly against Montenegro back in 2012.

Odoi admitted he was surprised to be considered for selection by Ghana:

“I was a bit surprised. These are two vital matches that we are going to play. I might even go to the World Cup. Do I feel like a real Ghanaian? We are not going to be stupid: I am of course more Belgian. But my father is from Ghana, so that’s part of me anyway. That is why I am proud to play for the national team.”