Here are English-born players who can be added to the Super Eagles to improve the quality of the team.
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6. Sammy Ameobi
Sammy is the younger brother of former Super Eagles striker, Shola Ameobi. Just like his brother, he started his career with Newcastle United but is currently on a season-long loan to Championship club Cardiff City.
The 23-year-old left footed winger pledged his allegiance to Nigeria in 2014 following his brother’s appearance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
He had featured in friendlies for Nigeria U-20 side against Saudi Arabia and Egypt back in 2011 ahead of 2011 African Youth Championship.
However, he returned to England U-21 set up the same year but hasn’t featured for them since 2013.
Ameobi deserves a look-in and may be a good asset to Nigeria. He can be added to the national pool to increase the quality of players available to Sunday Oliseh for selection.
7. Tom Adeyemi
Christened Thomas Oluseun Adeyemi, this young star was born to Nigerian parents in Milton Keynes in 1991.
He started his career at Norwich City in 2008 after coming up through the ranks at the club. He had to forego a University offer from the prestigious Cambridge University to focus on football.
He was named League One Apprentice of the Year at the Football League Awards in March, 2010 but subsequently found himself on the fringes of the side and was loaned to Bradford City, Oldham Athletic and Brentford. Following expiration of his contract, he joined Birmingham City on a free transfer in 2013.
He was the spine of the Birmingham City team that went ten games unbeaten last season but suffered a back injury which affected his performance. However, he did enough to be voted the club’s Young Player of the Year at the end of season awards.
He surprisingly put in a transfer request amid interest from Cardiff City in the summer of 2014, days after being appointed vice captain of the club, and completed the move days later. Following the managerial shake-up at the Welsh side, Adeyemi was loaned out to Leeds United for the 2015/2016 season.
He has been described as a gifted, athletic and powerful midfielder. He is still uncapped at international level and could provide steel to the Super Eagles’ midfield.
8. Alex Iwobi
Iwobi is the nephew of former Super Eagles captain, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha. The 18-year-old midfielder was born in Nigeria but moved to England as a kid.
He featured for Arsenal in Pre-Season, scoring a sublime goal against Olympique Lyon in Emirates Cup.
Arsene Wenger has rebuffed offers from various clubs to take him on loan and insists he is part of his plans this season. A move away from the Emirates might be what he needs to continue his development.
He has represented England at different under-age levels but recently accepted to play for Nigeria, citing the influence of his father, uncle (Jay Jay) and Kanu Nwankwo on his decision.
However, he remains eligible for the Three Lions of England until he plays a competitive senior match for the Super Eagles.
9. Dominic Solanke
Solanke is just 18 years old but has been tipped for a bright future in the game by many.
He has been at Chelsea since he was seven but came to the fore in 2013/2014 season when he scored 20 goals in 25 games for Chelsea U-18 side. This prompted Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho to declare that he would have himself to blame if Solanke fails to become a senior England international under his management.
Thus, he promoted Solanke to train with the first-team squad for the 2014/2015 season and gave him professional debut, as a 73rd minute substitute for Oscar, in 6-0 thrashing of NK Maribor in the Champions League. This made him the youngest player to debut in the Champions League for Chelsea.
However, he found himself way down the pecking order behind Diego Costa, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy. At youth level, Solanke continued his prolific goalscoring rate, finishing the season with 41 goals enroute to FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League triumphs.
He has been loaned out to Dutch Eredivisie club Vitesse Arnhem for the 2015/2016 season to gain more first-team experience. He has since been given the number 9 jersey and also opened his account for the club in 4-1 drubbing of SC Cambuur in August.
At international level, he has represented England at U-16, U-17 and U-18 levels. He was named England Men’s Youth Player of the Year 2014 in January 2015. He also picked up the Young Player of the Year award on 25 March 2015 and was invited to train with the senior England squad.
He plays primarily as a striker but can also play on both flanks and as an attacking midfielder. His versatility could be useful to Sunday Oliseh and his new look Super Eagles.
10. Nathan Oduwa
Oduwa is an England U-18 International, who plays as a winger for Scottish team Glasgow Rangers, on season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur.
He has been at White Hart Lane since the age of eleven (11), rising through the ranks to sign his professional contract in July 2012 following his 16th birthday.
He is the least known player on the list but following his scintillating displays for Rangers this season, it is just a matter of time before the 19-year-old grabs media attention.
He is still a raw talent but has enormous potential and it would be good to keep an eye on him.