Matthew “Matty” Cash, the England-born player of the Premier League side Aston Villa, received Polish citizenship on Tuesday. The right-back is likely to make his debut for the national team in November.
Cash is eligible to play for Poland due to his mother, who is half-Polish. Her parents emigrated to the UK after WWII. The footballer submitted all the necessary documentation at the beginning of October.
“It is an important day for me and my family. My application for Polish citizenship has been approved by the Polish authorities. I thank Mr President, my family and others who helped me. Time for new challenges, I will do my best for this country!,” Cash tweeted on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Cezary Kulesza, the Polish Football Association chairman announced that the Masovian Provincial head had completed all the formalities and signed the act of recognition of Polish citizenship for Matty Cash. Earlier in October, Mr Kulesza met with President Andrzej Duda. Since then, the matter has accelerated considerably.
To bardzo ważny dzień dla mnie i mojej rodziny. Mój wniosek o nadanie polskiego obywatelstwa został zatwierdzony przez polskie władze. Dziękuję panu prezydentowi, mojej rodzinie i innym osobom, które mi w tym pomogły.Czas na nowe wyzwania, dam z siebie wszystko dla tego Kraju❤️🇵🇱 pic.twitter.com/kTqA8kU7Ep— Matty Cash (@mattycash622) October 26, 2021
Earlier in October, the player and his family attended a meeting for young Polish footballers at the Embassy in London. In an interview with meczyki.pl website, he stated that he had already started learning the Polish national anthem so as to be able to sing it comfortably just before his first start for the national team.
Dziękuję Prezydentowi @AndrzejDuda za piątkowe spotkanie, w efekcie którego Wojewoda @Radziwill_K podpisał dziś akt uznania obywatelstwa RP dla @mattycash622. Cieszymy się, że zawodnik będzie wkrótce do dyspozycji selekcjonera @paulomcdsousa! pic.twitter.com/S540GYCN4g— Cezary Kulesza (@Czarek_Kulesza) October 26, 2021