It has been an era of defection as far as politics is concerned in Nigeria lately, now the trend is shifting to football where players of Nigerian descent are suddenly considering dumping their various adopted countries to take a shot at playing for their fatherland.

The latest on this growing list is England Under-20 World Cup winner Sheyi Ojo, who says he would consider playing for Nigeria at senior international level if offered the opportunity.

The 21-year-old, who is on loan at French club Reims from Liverpool, is eligible to play for the Super Eagles because his parents are Nigerians.

Under FIFA rules, Ojo can switch allegiances because he is yet to play for the English senior team.

And, despite having bagged 43 England caps from under-16 to under-21 level, Ojo is keen to fly with the Eagles.

“To be honest, I don’t know much about it (Nigeria interest), but if they call me I’d be honoured to go to Nigeria,” Ojo told BBC Sport.

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“It's obviously a massive nation. I’m just really focused on club football at the moment, but I’m excited for the future, both club and country.

“My parents are originally from Nigeria as well, so they know a lot about it. They’ve always been keen on the idea [to represent Nigeria] but so far I’ve mainly been focusing on club football.

“It’s starting to get to the time where I have to start thinking about my future. And of course, if Nigeria were to call me now it would be an honour.”

Ojo played five matches including the 1-0 win over Venezuela in the 2017 Fifa U-20 World Cup final to help England to their biggest international title since 1966.

Nigeria has previously succeeded in snapping up former England youth internationals like Sone Aluko, Victor Moses, Shola Ameobi, Alex Iwobi and Ola Aina for the Super Eagles.

The three-time African champions are also close to persuading Everton striker, Ademola Lookman to play for them rather than England.


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