Aston Villa star Matty Cash given new name after switching allegiance to Poland

Aston Villa star Matty Cash has been given a new name after switching his allegiance to Poland so he can represent their national side.

The 24-year-old has a qualifying connection through his mother, who is half-Polish, and could be in line to make his international debut next month.

Gareth Southgate is yet to pick the Slough-born defender for England with the Three Lions blessed with an abundance of talent in the full-back positions.

Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James and Kieron Trippier are all ahead of Cash in the pecking order and so the Villa man has opted to switch his allegiance to Poland.

And after his application at the Polish embassy in London was successful, the former Nottingham Forest full-back has been granted citizenship and consequently received a new name – Mateusz Gotowka.

Following the confirmation, Cash took to Twitter to thank the Poland President, Andrzej Duda, for his support.

When translated the tweet reads: "Thank you, Mr. President. It is an honour and an extremely important moment for me and my family. I'll do my best on the pitch. Poland to fight!"

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Cash is now eligible to represent Poland and could be thrown straight into the side for their November internationals.

Paulo Sousa's side face crucial World Cup qualification matches against Andorra and Hungary in November as they chase down England at the top of Group I.

The Three Lions have a three-point lead over Poland but have recorded just one win in their last three matches and are stumbling towards the finals in Qatar.

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