According to the English tabloid, THE SUN, Ghana are being lined up as the big test for England in their March friendly.
Coach Sven Goran Eriksson is keen to pitch his team against an African nation, particularly if they draw one tonight in their World Cup finals group.
But if England do meet Ghana in the early stages in Germany, FIFA would not allow them to play so close to the tournament.
There is also likely to be an even more familiar face among the Ghanaians than Chelsea's Essien.
As exclusively revealed in Sunsport, Manchester City striker Andy Cole is in talks to become one of Ghana's coaches.