Nigeria and England have always been involved in tug of war for players who are eligible to play for both countries.
The West African country had won some of the battles while they have equally suffered defeat in few cases.
Former arsenal star Alex Iwobi, ex-Chelsea youngster Ola Aina, Chelsea-owned winger Victor Moses and former Newcastle striker Sola Ameobi have all played for the Super Eagles despite featuring for the European giants at various age-group competitions.
Meanwhile, the African football powerhouse failed in her desire to win the race for Chelsea duo Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham as both players decided to continue their international career with their country of birth despite contact from the Nigeria Football Federation.
However, Perfectlife’s Ibukun Italoye takes a look at the list of five players who could fail to make their international debut for the three-time African Champions despite picking the country ahead of England – their country of birth. See the list below:
1. Tosin Kehinde
The former Manchester United youngster chose the west African side two years ago but he’s yet to make his debut for the country at any level.
He was called up to the dream team VI squad for U23 AFCON qualifying match against Libya but was an unused substitute as Nigeria emerged 3-1 winners.
Considering his under-the-radar move to Portuguese side Firense and a recent loan move to Randers, the 22-year-old is obviously far from making the Gernot Rohr’s team list anytime soon.
2. Sheyi Ojo
The Liverpool star has never hidden his desire to play for his fatherland as he openly revealed to reporters in 2018 that he would gladly accept Nigeria’s invitation despite helping England clinched U20 world cup glory in 2017.
Unfortunately for the player who spent this season with Scottish side Rangers FC, the present Super Eagles squad boasts of numerous in-form wingers who are playing regularly for their European clubs.
This means Sheyi still has a lot of work to do before breaking into the team just like his teammate Joe Aribo.
As it stands, the player’s international future looks gloom and might be unable to make his debut for the team.
3. Ademola Lookman
Ademola Lookman played a huge role in South Korea when England conquered the world at the u20 levels but he has reportedly pledged his allegiance to the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
As much as it appears too early to write-off the young winger from featuring for Gernot Rohr’s side, loookman’s present form isn’t encouraging.
He has struggled for form throughout this season as he hasn’t been regular for his RB Leipzig.
The competition for spots in the present Nigerian side will equally limit his chances of featuring for the team.
4. Chuba Akpom
Akpom is arguably one of the best players produced by Arsenal’s Hale End Academy but his international future is currently in the dark despite choosing Nigeria ahead of the Three Lions.
It should be recalled that the former arsenal star turned down the chance to feature for Nigeria after ignoring Sunday Oliseh’s approach in 2015.
With Victor Osimhen’s goalscoring potentials and newly-invited Dessers recent form, Rohr has more than enough players to call upon when it comes to the centre-forward position.
5. Sammy Ameobi
Sammy, the younger brother to Shola Ameobi, officially committed his international future to the Three-time African champions prior to Russia 2018 World Cup but he is yet to receive a call-up from Rohr.
The former Newcastle star is definitely far from following his brother’s path as he might not get the chance to represent the Super Eagles before the end of his career.