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Players Who Chose Europe Over Africa XI

Players Who Chose Europe Over Africa XI

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By Kurt Buckerfield - Aug 11, 2017 06:45 PM @KurtLaduma

With international fixtures taking place next month, here is a starting line-up of players who snubbed Africa to play for European nations!

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see a starting XI of stars who could have played for African countries!

France international Steve Mandanda was born in DR Congo, but chose to represent Les Bleus, making his debut in 2008. The goalkeeper is not, however, the only player in the gallery who could have played for Congo – Jose Bosingwa and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku both turned down the opportunity to present the African country.

Former Manchester United left back Patrice Evra was born in the Senegalese capital of Dakar, but also chose to represent France – a decision he has been criticised for throughout his successful career.

Germany international Jerome Boateng had the chance to play for Ghana, along with his step brother Kevin-Prince Boateng, while Italian striker Mario Balotelli also snubbed the African nation.

Angelo Ogbonna chose to play for Italy despite his Nigerian heritage, while Nani turned down Cape Verde to represent Portugal, a call that paid off when they won the 2016 European Championship in France last year.

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N'Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko chose France over Mali and Ivory Coast respectively, while Hatem Ben Arfa, who has been reprimanded for ill-discipline on occasion, snubbed the chance to represent Tunisia at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. 

Can you name any other European footballers who could have represented African nations? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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mjaji92 Joined: 01 Feb 2017
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mjaji92 Aug 23, 2017 04:20 PM
these guys have mental issues, how do they snab their countries of origin to make foreign countries superior to those of their origin. mxm Africans though.
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Mystique-Luu Aug 14, 2017 12:14 PM
And they are very Big Stars now
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KaRuRu Joined: 11 Aug 2014
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KaRuRu Aug 12, 2017 11:34 AM
My heart cries out for Lukaku
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Ngalonde Joined: 18 Sep 2012
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Ngalonde Aug 12, 2017 11:33 AM
Zinedine Zidane chose France over Algeria.
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emilem442 Joined: 13 May 2015
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emilem442 Aug 12, 2017 10:15 AM
paul pogba chose france ahead of guenea
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Aug 12, 2017 09:43 AM
Colonisers r smart nowerdays they praise Europe n demonised Africa
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Aug 12, 2017 09:41 AM
Evra's mum left zim while she ws 6wks preg so the real nationality of him is obvious
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tcdeluxe Aug 12, 2017 08:57 AM
African Associations mostly lack professionalism and this frustrates players and their movements cos of internal squabbles, not paying players on time, salary strikes etc,
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shabba 14 Joined: 10 Aug 2017
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shabba 14 Aug 12, 2017 08:55 AM
Yooh europe they are talking all the african talent ,that's y its difficult for us to succed in the wold cup
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Babaz 4 nozie Aug 12, 2017 08:45 AM
Colonialism from slave to make them famous people
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Shuthi Aug 12, 2017 06:51 AM
Sean dandee
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Aug 12, 2017 06:09 AM
This a squad many teams can't beat
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NobleG Joined: 12 Aug 2017
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NobleG Aug 12, 2017 03:02 AM
European countries are strong bcz of our brothers,
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Myaka weliPhefeni Aug 12, 2017 12:43 AM
Viera,Zidane,Diseil,Henry,Trez igate,Pogba,Gallas and Louis Saha all were hv from Africa bt they choose ueropean countries and the guy who scored a winning goal for Portugal in UERO
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NHLOH Aug 11, 2017 11:47 PM
Kompany ahead of that ogbonna cow
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Juju16 Joined: 11 Aug 2017
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Juju16 Aug 11, 2017 11:42 PM
What about Zinedine Zidane and Algeria cowditor?
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Raymondh Aug 11, 2017 10:15 PM
Eish ngalo kante yerrrr this guys is very dark to play for France
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Aug 11, 2017 08:06 PM
NB.Europe ws build by us dat's why some prefer it
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@skue siwelele Aug 11, 2017 07:48 PM
& karim.benzema & Nasri
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Black4bucs Aug 11, 2017 07:13 PM
Still people believe that European countries are better than Africa,but I believe colonialism damaged our mind immensely, which it was their strategy,they used slavery system, they used religion(christianity) to take our belief to our countries,and ourselves, let's love our countries as Africans, I hate what these players did, but still I have hope with AFRICA MY CONTINENT.

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