Four of Nigerian born soccer players, who super eagles new handler Sunday oliseh is monitoring have been called up for England’s U21 training camp by the England U21 manager Gareth Southgate ahead of next month’s friendly against the US.
In a move that could threaten the possibility of these youngsters playing for Nigeria, the quartet have been invited to feature for England. They players include Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspurs, Jordon Ibe of Liverpool, Chuba Akpom of Hull City who is on loan from Arsenal and Dominic Iorfa of Wolverhampton Wanderers .
Last month, Ibe was visited by Sunday Oliseh who tried to persuade him to play for Nigeria as the Eagles coach tries to get as many Nigerians as possible who have dual nationality to feature for the eagles. If the four of them agree to all feature for the England team in this friendly, then Nigeria would need to get them to switch their national team allegiance through Fifa before they can be eligible to feature for the Super Eagles.
Under Fifa rules, once a footballer has played for one country at the youth-level, he remains ineligible to feature for another country as a senior, until he has gone through a formal switching process. This would normally take a few months once the player agrees to make the switch.
Dele Alli is getting his first call-up after he scored his first goal in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspurs, in their one all draw with Leicester City last weekend. Iorfa, whose father Dominic, once played for the eagles and is currently the chairman of Lobi Stars Football club, is yet to be approached by Nigeria’s national team handlers despite his recent good showing for Wolves.
Of the quartet, Liverpool’s Ibe is the most established, having worked his way through the Liverpool setup to break into the side and is seen as a player with a bright future. Akpom, is also a player who is highly rated by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and is one of the players that has been on NFF’s radar for a while.