Man United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka mulls DR Congo switch ahead of 2024 AFCON

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has three England U21 caps, is considering an offer to play for DR Congo at Afcon in January and February Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Manchester United English defender, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, has recently received an approach from the national team of DR Congo to represent them at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2024.

The 25-year-old, who was born in England but is of Congolese descent, is currently considering this opportunity, which would require a change in his international allegiance.

Should Wan-Bissaka accept the chance to play for DR Congo, it would be a temporary loss for Manchester United during the early months of the campaign that kicks off in January 2024.

Although the decision is yet to be made, Wan-Bissaka has a connection to DR Congo’s national team as he previously made a single appearance for their Under-20 side back in 2015.

Despite representing England at the Under-20 and Under-21 level, Wan-Bissaka is yet to make his senior debut for the national team making it possible for the nationality switch.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka in action for England U21 whom he has represented thrice, but not for the senior team Nick Potts/PA Wire

The defender’s only potential inclusion in the squad became evident when he was called up by manager Gareth Southgate for a pair of Euro 2020 qualifiers in September 2019. Unfortunately, he had to withdraw from the squad due to a back injury, returning to his club for recovery.

Now faced with a choice between England and DR Congo, Wan-Bissaka’s decision will have significant implications for both his club and his international career.

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While the defender continues to weigh his options, fans eagerly await his final decision, which could shape the course of his footballing journey.

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