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Footballers Who Switched Allegiance Countries To Play For Nigeria

Footballers Who Switched Allegiance Countries To Play For Nigeria
1. ADEMOLA LOOKMANAdemola Lookman happens to be latest on this list, the Leicester City winger was approved by FIFA this year in January.
The RB Leipzig loanee was born and bred in London, England and represented the Three Lions in all youth levels but has waited on Gareth Southgate for a call up to no avail, so he decided to switch to play for the Super Eagles. FIFA approved his switch this year and he might be receiving a call up from Austine Eguavoen.
2. VICTOR MOSESVictor Moses is one of the Nigerian footballers who switched from England to Nigeria.
Moses was born in Nigeria but after his parents were killed in a religious conflict, he went to live with a relative in England where he started his career. He represented England in all levels including U23 squad before switching to play for Nigeria.
3. CYRIEL DESSERSCyriel Dessers is a Nigerian forward playing for Holland football club, Feyenord. The former Belgium man switched sides from playing for the Belgian Red Devils to Nigerian Super Eagles in 2021.
He earned his first call up under Gernot Rohr.
4. OLA AINAOla Aina is an English born Nigerian left wing back playing for Italian side, Torino.
He has played for England in all levels before switching to play for the Super Eagles, he has an AFCON bronze medal for the Super Eagles in the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.
5. ALEX IWOBIAlex Iwobi is forward playing for Everton in the English Premier League.
The former Arsenal winger chose to play for Nigeria not withstanding having a chance of playing for England and made his debut in 2015 in a game against DR CONGO, he has since gone on to play 55 games for the Super Eagles and participated in two AFCONs and one World Cup.
6. KEVIN AKPOGUMAThe Hoffenhein center back, was born to Nigerian father and German mother and represented Germany in all youth levels and even captained Germany’s U20 side to a U20 World Cup in 2015.
He switched to Nigeria in 2020 after been unable to break into the German first team and made his debut against Algeria in 2020.
7. WILLIAM TROOST-EKONGThe Nigerian captain and Watford Center back was born to a Nigerian father and Dutch mother and represented Netherland in U19 and U23 squads.
The former Udinese defender decided to play for the Super Eagles in 2015 and made his debut against Chad.
8. SONE ALUKOSone Aluko was born Nigerian parents, but in England where he grew up and represented England in youth levels like the U16, U17, U18 and U19 stages before switching to play for Nigeria and been called up by former Super Eagles boss to play for Nigeria in the U20 squad. He went on to play for Nigeria in the senior level before he was dropped.

9. SHOLA AMEOBIShola Ameobi was born in Zaria, Nigeria to Nigerian parents but moved to England as a child.
He went on to represent England in the Youth levels before switching to Nigeria in 2011. He made his competitive debut against Malawi in 2013 and also represented Nigeria in the 2014 World Cup.
10. ASHLEIGH PLUMPTREThis list would not be complete if this beautiful center back of the Super Falcons is not listed.
The Leicester women’s defender represented England in the U17, U19 and U23 levels but opted to play for Nigeria. She made her debut on 22 February this year, where kept a cleansheet and also claimed Woman Of The Match Award in an AWCON qualifying match against Ivory Coast.

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