“I was born near Stuttgart, so that’s how I qualify to play for Germany,” he said. “My dad used to play football out there semi-professionally, and my parents probably lived there for around 25 to 30 years.
“We moved to Ghana when I was still very young and then to England when I was five, but as I got older and started to realise playing for Germany might be a possibility I thought it sounded like a really exciting opportunity.
“I was in touch with staff members even when I was pretty low-key at Rochdale, but then Covid-19 hit so I wasn’t able to fly over and play for them. At that point I went and played for England, but when Germany came around again I just wanted to try the adventure.
“There was one player in the squad I used to play against when I was at Palace and he was at Chelsea, but the whole squad and staff were incredibly welcoming. The team’s style of play really suited me and I’m happy with the account I gave of myself.
“It was a great chance to learn about different brands of football and different tactics. I think the experience has helped my understanding of the game, and also winning a trophy was a really great feeling.”