Nigeria and England may be going head to head soon for the sevices of two youngsters, namely, Seyi Ojo and Dominic Solanke
The two players played a part in the England side that won the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea during the summer, with Solanke winning the award for the player of the tournament.
The duo are among the group of junior England players of Nigerian descent namely Tammy Abraham, who is on loan to Swansea from Chelsea, Spurs’ Josh Onomah and Everton’s Ademola Look man who are also eligible to play for the Nigeria senior national team, although they have formerly represented England at various age grade tournaments.
Reports indicated that Nigeria made an approach to Seyi Ojo last year, and the player recently revealed that there was still the possibility of him opting for Nigeria over England.
Meanwhile, England’s U21 coach Aidy Boothroyd has noted that there is a chance of the youngsters choosing Nigeria over England, as the Nigerian team is close to qualification for next summer’s World Cup tournament in Russia.
“Nigeria are trying to get as many players as they can and you can’t blame them because we’ve got some good players,” said Boothroyd.
“There was talk about Tammy, while Sheyi Ojo is another and they might still be trying (to make him represent Nigeria at senior level), you just don’t know. It’s a hard one because I can’t guarantee they are going to play because the group is so good.
“But these are lads that have played for England and have an affinity with us and a relationship. There is a pathway and I can always pick the phone up and speak to them.”