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How Ghana Could Line Up At WC With European-Born Stars

With reports linking several European-born Ghanaians to the Black Stars squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, here is how the four-time African champions could potentially line up at the showpiece with players born outside of the West African nation.

Click through the gallery above to see Ghana's potential line-up with the addition of their European-born stars!

With it being confirmed that Ghana interim boss Otto Addo will be coaching the team at the World Cup come the end of the year, the German-born Ghanaian will be looking to make his imprint on the side.

Bringing in foreign players who have links with the African nation is one way he could do that, perhaps significantly improving the chances of the 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists making it out of their group in Qatar.

Tariq Lamptey could prove a pivotal addition to the team. Should the right-back choose to switch his international allegiance from England to Ghana, the Brighton & Hove Albion player would presumably displace Club Brugge defender Dennis Odoi in the starting XI.

In Addo's two games in charge against Nigeria, the Borussia Dortmund scout utilised a 4-3-3 and a 4-2-3-1 formation, but the integration of a player like Lamptey could perhaps leave the tactician opting to construct his team in a 3-4-3 shape.

Another European-born player that would be accustomed to playing with three defenders is Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The Chelsea winger has been playing in this structure for well over a season now under the tutelage of Thomas Tuchel at club level.

Hudson-Odoi has already represented the England national team at senior level but has failed to make an appearance for the Three Lions in three years, so the 21-year-old could take the opportunity to showcase his talents on the world stage with Ghana.

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Another player linked with an allegiance switch to the Black Stars is Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah, who has been in fine form in the past couple of games for the Gunners, but a starting berth in Ghana's national team could elude him as Spanish-born forward Inaki Williams, who is also believed to be in the process of making himself available for the African nation, might be preferred by Addo.

The Athletic Bilbao forward could be more than capable of performing on the big stage that is the World Cup. His extensive playing history in LaLiga (as well as inter-club competitions in Europe) puts him in good stead for the big occasion. This is also an advantage he has over Nketiah and other young forwards in the West African's squad.

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