European teams have always had the history of African players representing them or players with either one African parent representing them at all stages in all types of sport, we take you through the set of 10 players born in England that can represent super eagles of Nigeria because of their parents.
10. Ademola Lookman (Everton)
Ademola Lookman Olajade Alade Aylola Lookman was born to Nigerian Parents on 20 October 1997 in Wandsworth, England. Lookman made his senior debut in 2015,
playing as a forward for Charlton Athletic of the Championship, and in January 2017 signed for Everton, who have used him mainly as a winger. He has represented
England from under-19 to under-21 levels.
Lookman signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Everton on 5 January 2017 for an undisclosed fee, reported as an initial £7.5m potentially rising to £11m with
add-ons. He made his debut for the club ten days later in a 4–0 victory over Manchester City, replacing Ross Barkley in the 90th minute and scoring the team’s
fourth goal. During the January transfer window, he joined Bundesliga club RB Leipzig until the end of the 2017–18 season. In his first game with Leipzig,
Lookman scored the winning goal in the away game against Borussia Mönchengladbach after coming on as a late substitute
Lookman is eligible to play for Nigeria because he has not represented the English national team at senior level.
9. Lukas Nmecha (Manchester City)
Lukas Nmecha was born in Germany on 14 December 1998 but his family relocated to England when he was few months old. He was scouted by Manchester City, where he
played for their youth ranks for over a decade, before making his debut on 19 December 2017 in the EFL Cup. On his debut, he scored the third penalty for
Manchester City in their penalty shootout win over Leicester City.
He made his Premier League debut on 29 April 2018, as a late substitute for Gabriel Jesus against West Ham United at the London Stadium. At the 2017 UEFA European
Under-19 Championship, he scored the winning goals in both the semi-final and final to give England their 10th title.
Lukas who is eligible to play for Nigeria, Germany, and England, can still get a call-up from the NFF because he has not played any senior team game for any
country. He is presently on loan to Preston North End.
8. Xavier Amaechi (Arsenal)
Xavier Casmier Amaechi was born in North London on Jan 5, 2001 to Nigerian parents. The talented young winger, who joined Arsenal at the age of 12, first featured
for the U-18s in the 2015/16 season and provided an assist in the 4-1 victory at home to Liverpool that year.
He signed his professional contract with Arsenal on January 2018 and has gone on has to feature for both Arsenal’s under-23s and under-18s.
He is eligible to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria and we hope The NFF Calls him up when the time is right.
7. Tosin Adarabioyo (Manchester City)
Abdul-Nasir Oluwatosin “Tosin” Adarabioyo was born in Manchester, England on 24 September 1997. Adarabioyo joined the youth system at Manchester City aged five.
He made his U18 debut for the club aged 14 and was captaining the U18s aged 16. On 21 February 2016, Adarabioyo made his first-team debut in an FA Cup match
against Chelsea. He made his Champions League debut on 24 August 2016 as a substitute in a 1–0 win over Steaua București, in a Champions League play-off round
Adarabioyo has represented England up to U19 level, the 20-year-old defender who is currently on Loan at West Brom can Represent Nigeria.
6. Josh Onomah (Aston Villa)
His Full name is Joshua Oghenetega Peter Onomah, and he was born to Nigerian parents on 27 April 1997 at Eintfied in England. Onomah came through the academy
system at Tottenham Hotspur. He was first called up for the first team on 5 January 2015, remaining an unused substitute in their 1–1 draw away to Burnley in the
FA Cup third round, and made his debut nine days later in the replay, replacing Andros Townsend for the last 15 minutes of a 4–2 victory at White Hart Lane
Onomah has represented England up to under-21 level. In May 2014, Onomah was part of the England squad that won the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship,
playing the full 90 minutes in the final against the Netherlands and went on to win the 2017 U-20 Worldcup with England where they defeated Venezuela 1 – 0
The Midfielder has had loan spells with Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday from his Parent Club Tottenham and can still represent Nigeria
5. Joshua Maja (Sunderland)
Joshua Erowoli Orisunmihare Oluwaseun Maja was born in Lewisham, England on 29 December 1998. He was born in the London Borough of Lewisham to Nigerian parents,
Maja grew up in Pimlico, London. He played for the youth teams of Crystal Palace and Fulham, and despite being formally registered with Fulham he spent some time
with Manchester City.
In May 2016, he signed his first professional contract with the club, signing a three-year deal. In September 2016, he made his professional debut in a 2–1
victory over Queens Park Rangers in the EFL Cup, replacing Joel Asoro as a substitute
The 19-year-old Striker can represent Nigeria and he has not played for England at any level
4. Chuba Akpom (PAOK)
Chuba Amechi Akpom was born to Nigerian Parents in Canning Town, West Ham, London, England on 9 October 1995. Akpom joined Arsenal at the age of six. He made his
debut for the Arsenal U18 side at the age of 15 and signed his first professional contract with Arsenal on 10 October 2012, a day after turning 17. In December
2012 Akpom received his first call into the Arsenal senior squad when he was an unused substitute for a 2–1 Champions League defeat to Olympiakos
He has had loan spells with BrentfordCoventry city Nottingham Forest, Hull City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Sint-Truiden between 2012 – 2016. Akpom joined Greek side
PAOK Salonika on a three-year deal in August 2018, bringing to an end a 16-year association with Arsenal
He has represented England at all Junior Levels, In May 2016, it was reported that he was one of three players formally approached by the Nigeria Football Federation
The Nigerian Football Association has made several attempts to lure him to play for Nigeria.
3. Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea)
Oluwafikayomi Oluwadamilola “Fikayo” Tomori was actually born in Calgary, Canada but his parents Moved to England when he was a child.
Born 19 December 1997, Tomori joined Chelsea at the under-8 level and progressed through the clubs academy system. He was part of the Chelsea youth side which
recorded back to back triumphs in both the UEFA Youth League and the FA Youth Cup in 2015 and 2016. Tomori made his professional debut in a 1–1 draw with Premier
League champions Leicester City, replacing Branislav Ivanović in the 60th minute. Although Tomori was included in the United States pre-season tour, he did not
make a single appearance. On 1 August 2016, Tomori signed a new four-year contract ahead of the 2016–17 campaign. On 12 August 2016, Tomori was handed the number
33 shirt prior to the season’s beginning, switching from his previous number 43
The 6ft defender who has had loan spells with Brighton & Hove Albion, Hull City was part of the England U20 team that won the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea.
Currently on Loan at Derby County, the defender in 2016 captained Canada U20 to a 2–1 victory over England U20 on his third appearance for the nation.
He can play for Nigeria at international level through his parents.
2. Ovie Ejaria (Rangers)
Oviemuno Dominic Ejaria was born in Southwark, England on 18 November 1997. Born in London to Nigerian parents, Ejaria grew up supporting Arsenal for whom he played for nine years before signing for Liverpool in summer 2014.
His first senior appearance was in a pre-season friendly prior to the 2016-17 season against
Tranmere Rovers on 8 July 2016. Ejaria made his full debut in the fourth round of the EFL Cup in a 2–1 win over against Tottenham at Anfield. On 6 November
2016, he debuted in the Premier League, coming on as a substitute in Liverpool’s 6–1 home win over Watford
Ejaria joined Scottish giants Rangers on loan from Liverpool to be reunited with Academy coach Steven Gerrard. He was also part of the team that won the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Ovie Ejaria can represent Nigeria
1. Tiago Ilori (Reading)
Tiago Abiola Delfim Almeida Ilori was born in Hampstead, London to a British father of Nigerian descent and a Portuguese mother. He was born 26 February 1993.
Ilori spent his childhood in the town of Albufeira in the Algarve, where he started playing football with local Imortal DC. He joined Sporting Clube de Portugal’s
youth ranks in the summer of 2006 as a striker where he was later converted to a defender.
On September 3rd 2013, he signed for Liverpool for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around £7 million. The English Football association stated that they were
in talks with the player for him to switch nationality and represent England internationally.
On 5 January 2014, Ilori was named on his new team’s bench for the first time, in an FA Cup match against Oldham Athletic. Fifteen days later he was loaned to
Granada CF in La Liga, until the end of the campaign. He was loaned to Bordeaux and Aston Villa by Liverpool before joining Reading.
Ilori played for Portugal at four youth levels, representing the nation at the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, the 2013
Toulon Tournament and the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
He remained eligible to play for Portugal, England or Nigeria as a senior
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