Brentford striker Mbeumo joins Cameroon ahead of World Cup


Brentford forward Bryan Mbeumo has committed his international future to Cameroon, with less than four months to go before the start of Indomitable Lions’ World Cup campaign.

Avallon-born Mbeumo previously represented France at U-21 level, making six appearances for Les Bleuets after progressing through the country’s youth ranks.

However, the 22-year-old will now represent Cameroon – the land of his father – after being announced by the Cameroon Football Association on Friday.

“The federation have the pleasure to announce that the footballer Bryan Mbeumo has decided to play for the national football team of Cameroon – the Indomitable Lions,” read the Federation’s statement, signed by General Secretary Blaise Djounang.

“This decision, which is the culmination of conversations nourished with the president of FECAFOOT [Samuel Eto’o], is driven by the rediscovered credibility of FECAFOOT and the professionalism of the management of national team selections in Cameroon.”

Mbeumo made his name with Ligue 1 side Troyes after coming through the club’s academy, making his senior debut for ESTAC in February 2018.

After enduring relegation with Troyes later that year, he remained at the club during their failed attempt to return to the top flight the year after, before being signed by Championship club Brentford for a then-club record £5.8 million.

After a failed promotion attempt in the 2020 playoffs, Mbeumo excelled as the Bees finally reached the top flight in 2021 and adapted readily to life in the Premier League last season.