Nigeria lose Dele Alli to England
England have moved a step ahead by calling up Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli ahead of Nigeria for the upcoming Euro qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania.
Alli, whose father is Nigerian, has made a smooth transition from League One side MK Dons to Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur; completing 321 minutes under his belt, also racking up a goal against league favourites Manchester City.
Most Super Eagles fans were disappointed when Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe decided to play for the Three Lions instead of the Super Eagles. This has dealt another blow to Sunday Oliseh’s plans for the future
Roy Hodgson was asked by The Telegraph whether Nigeria’s interest in Alli, was a factor in his call-up.
Hodgson said “I haven’t googled or used Wikepedia to find out about him,I know enough about him.” Hodgson said.
“(Assistant manager) Ray Lewington had watched him 15 to 20 times and between us we have seen him play seven or eight times this season. We like what we see,
“I don’t know about his ancestry or his background but what I see is a very talented footballer who has the qualities I’m looking for.”
Other notable players who are eligible for Nigeria are Chelsea’s Ola Aina and Dominic Solanke, Arsenal’s Chuba Akpom and Bolton’s Derek Osede.