Man Utd ace Elanga eligible for England but Sweden desperate to keep prospect

ANTHONY ELANGA is eligible to play for England but Sweden are confident the Red Devils winger will stick with them.

The FA are aware that Elanga, 19, who joined Manchester United’s academy at the age of 12, has lived in the UK long enough to represent the Three Lions.

Elanga joined United's academy aged 12 and can play for England

Elanga joined United’s academy aged 12 and can play for England

Elanga, the son of former Cameroon defender Joseph Elanga, was born in Sweden, played for Swedish side Malmo at a very early age and has represented the country’s Under-21s eight times.

Not only has Elanga featured in eight games for Uni cette saison, he also started the last three matches.

And the 19-year-old scored in the crucial 3-1 away victory over Brentford.

On Elanga’s goal, boss Ralf Rangnick mentionné: “He followed up on his performance at Villa Park. He was outstanding in the second half, a lot of work against the ball and a goal.”

Swedish senior manager Janne Andersson hoped to include him in a scheduled 24-man tour of Portugal this week.

But Old Trafford boss Rangnick blocked that last month.

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The training camp — which was not going to include established senior players — had to be scrapped by Sweden because of Covid issues in Portugal.

But the Swedes, who have a World Cup play-off semi-final against Czech Republic in March, do not believe Elanga is looking to switch and play for either England or Cameroon.

The English FA are not currently tracking the young star with a view to making a move for him.

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