Arsenal loan star Folarin Balogun would be CRAZY to choose USMNT over England right now

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With every goal that Folarin Balogun scores in France, the debate over his international future heats up.

Over in the United States they are desperate for the Arsenal striker, who is currently starring on loan with Reims in Ligue 1, to commit to the USMNT rather than England or Nigeria. 

But the 21-year-old has kept his options open so far, with Balogun seemingly happy to bide his time.

The longer he goes without making a decision, however, the more intense the speculation becomes, especially on the other side of the Atlantic, where the focus on Balogun’s international allegiance is a constant source of discussion.

“What do we have to do to get Folarin Balogun?" former USMNT player Eric Wynalda said during a recent episode of The Action Network’s Wondergoal Podcast. “That guy changes everything for US Soccer. 

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“The [USMNT Federation] got to throw the kitchen sink at him and make him a very rich man. We have to introduce him to some of our sponsors and make some commercials. That’s the way the world works. 

“Look at Aaron Rodgers. Look at how much money that guy’s made with State Farm. Look at Patrick Mahomes. That’s the way we do things in America.

"I wouldn’t be surprised if the federation met up with his agent and offered to make him a very rich man."