New Twist As Everton Winger Lookman Turned Down England To Play For Nigeria


NFF Confirms Player’s Switch
All summer long, Everton winger Ademola Lookman looked like he wanted out of Everton to join German association football club RB Leipzig where he spent half of last season on loan. Now it looks like he’s holding out again, but this time at the national team level.

Pulse Nigeria claimed in an exclusive report that the youngster is close to announcing that he will switch allegiances to the Super Eagles despite having made 27 appearances for various England youth sides.
Lookman was born in England to Nigerian parents and as such is eligible to play for either country at the youth level, before choosing one or the other at the senior level. The 20-year-old had been courted by the Nigerian Football Federation(NFF) earlier in the year, but turned them down. However, now it appears he has changed his mind, though the report doesn’t say why he did so. The Blues already have one representative on the Super Eagles in Henry Onyekuru, and he could now be joined by Lookman.
FIFA regulations state that after turning 21 a player can switch their allegiance once and only if they haven’t played for a competitive game for the men’s senior team,
which Lookman has not.
His path in the youth side also appears to be blocked by experienced youngsters like Josh Onomah, Demarai Gray and Ryan Sessegnon. The Everton player was called up by Aidy Boothroyd last week for England’s Under-21 side for the Euro 2019 qualifiers, but was not in the match day squad.
Nigeria  have ramped up efforts to get players of Nigerian origin to switch allegiances, including Alex Iwobi and Ola Aina, but Tammy Abraham declined the offer to continue to try breaking through with the Three Lions

  Meanwhile, OwnGoalNigeria report that a top official of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), confirmed that Lookman has made the decision to represent his father’s country.

“Based on our discussion with his management team and his parents, he will represent Nigeria. He has decided to play for Nigeria.
“Lookman never shut out Nigeria completely‎ but we have to be careful because of the experience with Tammy Abraham.
“Coach Gernot Rohr has always wanted Lookman. Now with the retirement of Victor Moses, he will add to the options available to the coach on the flanks. An announcement will be made soon,” he said.

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