Matty Cash given new name after receiving Polish citizenship and could make international debut in November

MATTY CASH has pledged his international future for Poland – and could make his international debut in next month’s World Cup qualifiers against Andorra or Hungary.

The Aston Villa right-back applied for Polish citizenship in September after qualifying through his Polish mother and grandfather.

Aston Villa defender Matty Cash could feature in Poland's World Cup qualifiers in November

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Aston Villa defender Matty Cash could feature in Poland’s World Cup qualifiers in NovemberCredit: Getty

And after being granted citizenship, Cash has received a new name – Mateusz Gotowka.

On Monday, the President of the Polish FA, Cezary Kulesza, confirmed the 24-year-old’s application had been approved.

Cash now has dual nationality – with Poland’s President Andrzej Duda quick to Tweet: “Congratulations and good luck on the pitch.”

The ex-Nottingham Forest defender responded on social media, posting a picture of himself in the Polish Embassy and replied: “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.”

Cash met with Poland manager Paulo Sousa earlier in the week and the Portuguese boss assured him he has an important part to play as the Poles push to qualify for the World Cup finals in Qatar next year.


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England currently sit top of Group I – three points ahead of Poland after eight games with two matches to go.

Villans star Cash, who has never been capped at any level before, later took to Instagram to issue a statement after receiving his Polish citizenship.

He said: “This is a very important and proud day for me and my family.

Cash has taken to Instagram to speak of his delight after receiving his Polish citizenship

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Cash has taken to Instagram to speak of his delight after receiving his Polish citizenshipCredit: Twitter / @LaczyNasPilka

“My application to get a Polish citizenship has been approved by Polish authorities.

“I would like to thank Mr President, my family and other people who helped me with that.

“Now it’s time for a new challenges, I will give my all for this country.”

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