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12 European Internationals With African Blood

12 European Internationals With African Blood

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By Kurt Buckerfield - Apr 05, 2018 12:25 PM @KurtLaduma

Africa is indirectly responsible for producing many world class footballers over the years, though many of these talents never actually represented African countries. Here are 12 stars who chose to play for European nations instead of their country of heritage.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see 12 European international stars with African blood, according to Transfermarkt.

England international duo Dele Alli and Joe Gomez both have African heritage, although the pair are tipped to have long and successful careers on the international stage for the Three Lions. While Alli could have played for Nigeria, Gomez could have chosen to represent Gambia.

Two Portugal stars feature in the list – Gelson Martins and Joao Mario. Like many Portuguese stars of African descent, Martins’ heritage is Cape Verdean, while his colleague's is Angolan.

Netherlands central defender Nathan Ake might have been playing for Ivory Coast had he chosen another path, while Germany and Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has Senegalese blood through his father, who represented Senegal at international level.

Belgium international Youri Tielemans is of Congolese descent, while his international colleague Marouane Fellaini has Moroccan heritage.

Four French internationals also feature in the shape of Corentin Tolisso, Nabil Fekir, Wissam Ben Yedder and Kylian Mbappe.

Bayern Munich's Tolisso could have represented Togo on the big stage, while Sevilla's Ben Yedder could have played for Tunisia, who are gearing up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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Like Karim Benzema and Zinedine Zidane, Fekir is of Algerian heritage, while Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Mbappe could have represented Cameroon at the highest level.

Can you name any other European players who could have played for African countries? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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murendeni joe Joined: 20 Feb 2015
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murendeni joe Apr 09, 2018 08:23 PM
Africa is rich
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jerseynumber8 Joined: 23 Jul 2015
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jerseynumber8 Apr 07, 2018 01:52 PM
Bill Perry, South African, FA Cup winner and goalscorer, a star player for Blackpool in the 1950s represented England. Richard Gough, played for Scotland. Roy Wegerle, played for the USA. Roy Wegerle was poetry in motion.
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jerseynumber8 Apr 07, 2018 01:44 PM
David Julius, a South African and star player for Sporting Lisbon in the late 50s and 60s played for Portugal. SA, was banned from international sport.
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fofos Apr 07, 2018 07:54 AM
No South African descent, plus no ukuthi kumnandi ekhaya.
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Chicharito07 Apr 06, 2018 10:39 PM
PSG's Weah who could've played for Liberia but chose USMNT
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emilem442 Apr 06, 2018 08:18 PM
So many of them Basil Bole the famous Olympique De Marselie captain of the 90's he would have played for Cote'd vore but opted to play for france instead
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emilem442 Apr 06, 2018 08:15 PM
Fisrtly kylian Sanmi Mbappe is Nigerian even tough his father is dual citizen (Nigeria & Cameroon) but he seems to be more rooted to naija than camerroon.
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Faysal Apr 05, 2018 09:04 PM
There are others
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Nelson <barça+kby> Apr 05, 2018 05:59 PM
The 2016-Euro hero Eder is from Guinea Bissau
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jerseynumber8 Apr 05, 2018 04:06 PM
Mbappe could have played for Cameroon or Algeria.
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alizebucs1986 Apr 05, 2018 01:34 PM
Benzema Algeria
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alizebucs1986 Apr 05, 2018 01:32 PM
Lukaku Congo
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fanist Apr 05, 2018 01:23 PM
What damage would be done Sane playing along Mane on their national Senegal team on world cup. Eish being under developed is costing us as Africans
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Pirates_999 Apr 05, 2018 01:12 PM
Our players are that bad? not even a single player plays for another country

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