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12 Footballers Who Snubbed Africa For Europe

With Adama Traore officially choosing Spain over Mali, here are some more footballers who chose to represent European countries despite being eligible for African nations, including a player who recently overlooked South Africa.

Click through the gallery above to see 12 players who snubbed Africa for Europe, according to various reports.

On Monday, the Wolverhampton Wanderers winger reported for duty with La Furia Roja after being called up by both Luis Enrique and Mali in the past week.

Traore was always likely to choose Spain, having previously accepted two call-ups to the squad in recent times. Things, however, did not go according to plan for the former FC Barcelona player, who had to withdraw from his first call-up due to an injury, and the second after contracting COVID-19.

The 24-year-old, barring another unfortunate injury or health issue, is now set to make his debut for Spain, where he was born in 1996 in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, a city in Catalonia.

Despite playing for the European nation at youth level, Traore could have been tempted to consider a call-up for Mali as, for a long time it, appeared that if he would not get his chance for Spain. The winger's dramatic turn in form last season has changed that, though, with Enrique now determined to use him.

The winger thus becomes the latest player to have chosen a European country over an African nation, with Panagiotis Retsos being another. The defender was born in Johannesburg in 1998, but has already played five times for the Greek national team.

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba had the opportunity to represent Guinea like his older twin brothers, Florentin and Mathias, while his former Red Devils colleague Romelu Lukaku was previously eligible for DR Congo – click through the gallery above to see some more stars who rejected the chance to play for African nations in favour of representing European countries!

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