Nigeria Ready to Grab Ademola Lookman From England

Gernot Rohr, Nigeria’s Head Coach, is still keen on persuading the Everton forward to play for the Super Eagles.

Lookman helped England win the Under-20 World Cup in 2017, but has the option to switch allegiances as he is yet to play for the senior team.

Although born in England his parents’ heritage makes him qualified to play for Nigeria, and has been Rohr’s target for two years.

“He plays for the youth now but we hope he can change his mind and play for us,” Rohr said.

“He’s a player we know can add something to the team.

“Getting a player to change his national choice is not easy, quick and the process is never so straightforward.

“First we must be sure he wants to come. And hope to get it cleared by FIFA.

“Then the most important part is that he brings something new, different and better than we have.”

Nigeria have previously succeeded convincing several former England youth internationals like Sone Aluko, Victor Moses, Shola Ameobi, Alex Iwobi and Ola Aina to swap allegiances.

Liverpool’s Sheyi Ojo has also shown interest to play for the Super Eagle’s if he is approached.

If Lookman decides to play for Nigeria he would face stiff competition from Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Henry Onyekuru and Samuel Kalu for a place in the current squad. However, it will give options for the coach during team selection.

“Every coach wants options, we’ve been lucky to get some players and if we get him, Lookman will give us more options,” Rohr explained.

“But we have to be careful about how we go about this because Nigeria have some good players at home and playing outside.”

Lookman featured in 49 games for Charlton scoring 12 goals before his winter transfer to Everton in 2017.

After a loan spell with German club RB Leipzig, last season he has struggled for regular game time this season.