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Four Nigerians make England U21 squad

27 August 2015, 14:19

London - The quartet of Jordon Ibe, Dele Alli, Dominic Iorfa and Chuba Akpom have been called to the England U21 squad for their games against the United States of America and Norway.

The players, who play for Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Hull City respectively, have Nigerian parents and are therefore eligible for Nigeria's Super Eagles, but have been called to Gareth Southgate's team.

Ibe, who was recently approached by Nigeria to switch his allegiance to the Super Eagles, is earning his first call to the England U21 side.

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is also earning a first call up to the England U21's after impressing for Spurs so far this season.

Meanwhile, defender Dominic Iorfa makes the step-up from last year's under-20s, along with Arsenal's Chuba Akpom, who is on loan at Championship club, Hull City.

Also read: Oliseh closes in on Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe

Despite this call ups to the England U21's however, all four of them remain eligible to play for the Super Eagles.

New Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh visited Ibe and his parents in Liverpool earlier this month, with a view to convincing him to choose Nigeria ahead of England, but it remains unclear if he will settle for the Super Eagles ahead of the Three Lions.

NFF president Amaju Pinnick reportedly spoke to Chuba Akpom months back, but it seems the forward is more disposed to playing for England.

Out of the four, only Dominic Iorfa Jnr. looks the most likely to play for Nigeria, with his father being a former Nigeria international himself.

Dele Alli is however yet to be approached.

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