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Lookman decides to play for Nigeria after failing to make England cut

Footballer, Ademola Lookman Olajade Alade Aylola who is on loan at Leicester from RB Leipzig has switched his allegiance to Nigeria.

Lookman who also played for Everton was born in England to Nigerian parents and as such, is eligible for the Three Lions.

But after hitting a seeming brick wall with the English, the 24-year-old has decided to join Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles.

Despite opting to represent his parent’s country, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is yet to apply to world governing body Fifa for a nationality switch because he has played for England at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level.

“We are aware of Lookman’s desire to play for us and I have spoken to him as well. However, there is a process to it,” NFF chief scout Tunde Adelakun told BBC Sport Africa.

“After this process, then comes the consideration and decision of the head coach [Gernot Rohr] on whether or when he deems it fit to get him involved.”

Meanwhile, the quartet of Sheyi Ojo (Millwall), Ovie Ejaria (Reading), Chuba Akpom (PAOK) and Ike Ugbo (Genk), born in England to Nigerian parents, have also made themselves available to the three-time African champions.

Should Lookman get clearance from Fifa to play for Nigeria, he would face competition from Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze, Samuel Kalu of Bordeaux and Lorient’s Terem Moffi for a place in the squad.

He has scored twice in nine appearances since joining Leicester City on a season-long loan from German Bundesliga side RB Leipzig in August.

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