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Nigeria Want England U21 Stars To Switch Allegiance

We often hear of players with African roots being snapped up by European teams, but Nigeria could now convince two England U21 internationals to switch their allegiance to the African nation.

Click through the gallery above to see some other players who switched their international allegiance to African countries.

Coach Gernot Rohr saw his side qualify for AFCON 2019 after picking up a 1-1 draw in South Africa during the recent international break. As a consequence, the Super Eagles qualified for their first AFCON since 2013, after missing out on the previous two editions.

After doing his homework on the pitch, the German-born coach is keen to strengthen his young side with a Liverpool and an Everton starlet, confirming that Nigeria have made contact with England U21 internationals Dominic Solanke and Ademola Lookman, who were both part of the England side that won the U20 World Cup last year.

"In Ola Aina's case, it took eight months because in UK four federations in the country must decide," the 65-year-old told The Guardian Nigeria after confirming that players must write to their current federations indicating they want to make the switch.

"Ademola Lookman and Solanke are not convinced. They have not made up their minds so we will allow them to decide.

"We will go back to them later, but we cannot force anybody to play for us. It is very important decisions for them to make."

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Rohr recently signed a new contract with the Nigeria Football Federation, which will see him stay on as Super Eagles boss until the completion of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Do you think more African countries should convince players with African roots to run out for them? Have your say in the comments section below.


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