Time for a swap? Olise, Ugochukwu, Adeyemi, different high Nigeria-eligible footballers who missed out on EURO 2024 squad lists

Time for a swap? Olise, Ugochukwu, Adeyemi, different high Nigeria-eligible footballers who missed out on EURO 2024 squad lists

A number of Nigeria-eligible footballers are torn between the cross-cultural resolution of the nationwide group to play for. Whereas the choice to signify the nation they grew up/had been born in is known as a result of it performed a vital position of their profession improvement as footballers, others select to return to their roots.

Their selections don’t assure success with whichever nationwide group they find yourself with however provides them peace and freedom from the fixed tug-of-war of being between two or extra nations.

Soccernet.ng takes a have a look at the Nigeria-eligible footballers who’ve been ignored of their nation’s EURO 2024 squad listing.

1. Karim Adeyemi – Germany/Borussia Dortmund

Well-known for his fufu-fueled aim in opposition to Chelsea in final season’s UEFA Champions League spherical of sixteen, the Borussia Dortmund winger has saved his connection to his roots in Ibadan, Nigeria. He has represented Germany on 4 events, accruing 53 minutes of recreation time. He final represented Die Mannschaft in 2022 when he was 20-years-old, and that leaves a glimmer of hope that he can turn into a Tremendous Eagles participant sooner or later, with the participant additionally reiterating he’d bounce on the alternative if given the possibility.

Karim Adeyemi along with his basis in Ibadan, Nigeria.

2. Tosin Adarabioyo – England/Fulham

The 26-year-old Fulham central defender has been on the lips of huge Premier League golf equipment forward of a summer time transfer as his contract on the Craven Cottage runs out in June. Tosin represented England on the U-16 and U-17 ranges, however two objectives in 20 video games for Marco Silva’facet wasn’t sufficient to ensure him a spot in Gareth Southgate’s EURO 2024 squad.

Tosin Adarabioyo in motion for Fulham.

A swap of nationality isn’t out of the query for Tosin both, as he’s proven his connection to the three-time AFCON winners prior to now, together with donning a retro Nigerian jersey, and celebrating Independence Day with “fellow Nigerians”.

Completely satisfied Independence Day to my fellow Nigerians! 🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/gNI0i4OXhl

— Tosin Adarabioyo (@TosinAdarabioyo) October 1, 2020

3. Dominic Ayodele Solanke – England/Bournemouth

Solanke scored 19 objectives and supplied three assists for Bournemouth within the English Premier League this season, however couldn’t break into Southgate’s trio of Ivan Toney, Ollie Watkins and Harry Kane. Solanke was born in England to a Nigerian father however has represented England in any respect ranges, making his debut within the Three Lions’ goalless draw in opposition to Brazil in a pleasant again in November 2017. Coincidentally, that has been his solely senior look for England, making him eligible to play for the Tremendous Eagles of Nigeria.

Dominic Solanke was sensible for Andoni Iraola’s facet this season.

4. Michael Folorunsho – Italy/Hellas Verona

Michael Folorunsho scored a stunner in opposition to Juventus to win the Serie A goal of the month in February, subsequently main a call-up to Luciano Spalletti’s Italy squad for the March Worldwide break. He didn’t function for Italy throughout the break and was ignored of their star-studded EURO 2024 midfield. A central midfielder by commerce, Folorunsho suits the proper “quantity 8” profile missing within the Tremendous Eagles squad. He was born in Italy however is of Nigerian descent.

Michael Folorunsho in motion for Hellas Verona.

5. Michael Akpovie Olise – France/Crystal Palace

France’s Didier Deschamps opted for the likes of Kingsley Coman, Bradley Barcola, Marcus Thuram and Ousmane Dembele as his wingers for the EURO 2024 event, leaving the Crystal Palace winger out. Olise has performed for France from the U-18 to the U-21 group however is with no senior look. On this listing, Olise has essentially the most choices.

Olise celebrating after scoring in opposition to Manchester United’s Andre Onana.

The left-footed right-winger was born in England to a Nigerian father and a French-Algerian mom and is eligible to signify France, Algeria, England or Nigeria internationally. In 19 Premier League video games this season, Olise scored 10 objectives and supplied six assists. Soccernet.ng earlier reported that Olise is prepared to snub Algeria for the Tremendous Eagles, however primarily in a scenario the place France is now not an possibility.

6. Joshua Orobosa Zirkzee – Netherlands/Bologna

Born within the Netherlands to a Nigerian mom and a Dutch father, Zirkzee is eligible to signify Nigeria and is open to the move. After scoring 11 objectives and 5 assists to ship Bologna to the UEFA Champions League for the primary time in 60 years, the striker was not deemed adequate to make Ronald Koeman’s EURO 2024 squad, with the previous Everton boss preferring Memphis Depay and Wout Weghorst to guide the road for Les Oranjes.

Zirkzee celebrating in a Bologna away jersey.

7. Lesley Ugochukwu – France/Chelsea

Lesley didn’t have one of the best debut season with Chelsea, taking part in simply twelve league video games on account of accidents, however his expertise is plain. He has performed for the France youth group however is but to get a call-up to the senior group. Didier Deschamps opted to deliver N’golo Kante into the group, moderately than give Ugochukwu a spot in his 25-man squad.

Lesley Ugochukwu.

Ugochukwu is the nephew of former Rennes and Nigeria centre-back Onyekachi Apam. Lesley additionally spent some time in Nigeria when he was injured throughout the season.

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