Meet 5 Popular English Football Stars With Nigerian Heritage

England are fond of recruiting young African descents. Many Nigerian players were born in Britain and this made them eligible to represent England and their fatherland.

Here are the five…..

1. Bukayo Saka

Arsenal star made his debut for England in October 2020 against Wales. Both Nigeria and England tried to convince the teenager to switch his allegiance before he eventually chose England.

Having represented England at different youth levels, it was easier for the guy to choose over Nigeria which Saka claimed he has never been to.

2. Dele Jermain Alli

Tottenham star was born to Nigerian father and British Mother. He has many caps for England at senior level and even represented them at the World Cup in 2018.

In 2017, he denied a report saying he was enquired about his service by Nigeria.

3. Fikayo Tomori

The Nigerian British player represented England at various youth set-ups. He rejected advances from Nigeria to play for England. The defender is on loan to AC Milan from Chelsea.

4. Tammy Abraham

Chelsea star decided to represent England at senior level after turning down a call-up from his Fatherland. He was born to parents of Nigeria descents and grew up in England which made him eligible and available for both countries.Though it was his performance at his club that led to his first call-up then and he has become a popular figure in the squad.

Despite holding meeting with NFF President Amaju Pinnick, he broke hearts of Nigerians by representing the Three Lions.

5. Ross Barkley

Barkley was born to Nigerian mother and British father which made him eligible for both countries. He also represented England at different youth levels before making his senior debut in 2015. It took him not less than 19 years to break into England national team and has since maintained his status.

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