Former AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has finally commented on the issue of his commitment to Ghana.
The Schalke 04 player has been heavily criticized in Ghana by people who think he is just being an opportunist.
But in an interview with the BBC, Boateng says his inability to play for Ghana in recent times is purely due to injuries.
“Of course it’s a bad situation because every time there is a national team game I have a problem.
“I can’t come if I’m injured. I want to be 100 per cent; I want to give everything when I come to play for Ghana.
“I’m always happy when I’m called to play for the Black Stars, that’s why I’m here.
“I’m part of the team and the coach, the (Ghana FA) president and the players know I’m always proud to be here.
“Social networking sites are an easy way to insult people. People have sent me messages saying that they are praying for me to get injured.
“Such messages are not nice because I love playing football; I love playing for my club, I love playing football for Ghana.”
Boateng is currently in Istanbul in the Black Stars camp preparing for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifying play-off against Egypt.
Barring any injuries, Tuesday’s match will mark his first for Ghana since announcing his return to the Black Stars after a self-imposed exile.
“I hope I can play my part because I’m feeling very good,” he concluded.