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Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by oshozondii: 2:39pm On Jun 09
Former England youth defender Ashleigh Plumptre says she would play for Nigeria at senior international level - if the West African country came calling.

The 23-years-old, who plays for newly-promoted Women's Super League (WSL) side Leicester City, is eligible to play for the Super Falcons because of her father's Nigerian heritage.

Having helped guide the Foxes to the FA Women's Championship title in 2020/21, Plumptre was voted player of the season and rewarded with a new two-year deal.

And, despite 30 England caps at youth level, Plumptre says she would like to play for Nigeria.

"The idea of me being able to play for Nigeria, with that being an option, I would happily grab that with both hands," she told BBC Sport Africa.

"What representing something that really means to somebody is very important. Obviously, there's a lot of things I can openly say that I don't know about Nigerian culture but I want to learn because I know that it's in me, and it's in my sister and in my dad.

"We can only get it from my granddad, he's the only thing that we know in terms of Nigeria. I've obviously visited Nigerian relatives in America and in England.

"Seeing this little journey my sister and I have been on, and the understanding of our family heritage, not just that but watching Nigerian documentaries and learning about the past is incredible."

Understanding her heritage

Life-long Foxes fan Plumptre played 25 games this season for the club she first joined as an eight-year-old and previously played in the WSL with Notts County in 2014, before moving to the United States.

Stints stateside with US college side USC Trojans and LA Galaxy followed, before she returned from studying in January 2020 to play a key role in a memorable season for the Foxes.

After establishing herself at club level, Plumptre who has a British mother, believes a potential international career with Nigeria could pave the way for other biracial footballers to follow.

"What it will mean for me as somebody who is British born but with Nigerian heritage is huge. People look at me and they think I'm tanned and that I've been on holiday, they don't think that I'm Nigerian," she added.

"I don't think that should be significant in saying whether somebody is Nigerian or not because it's in your blood, it's not about what you look like.

"My sister, she looks African because she has an Afro and her skin tone is darker than mine, with that obviously, she's had different experiences in school than I have had.

"I think with football being my platform, I am using that as something that's bigger than me. As much as I can resonate with my Nigerian heritage.

"I feel like I can hopefully inspire someone like my sister or other kids like her maybe in this country or other countries to look at me and be like you know what? It doesn't matter what your skin tone looks like.

"If you can resonate with your heritage and it means something to you, it means you can represent something bigger than you, then that's what it comes down to.

"I think people too often look at the surface of this rather than actually try to find out inside what our drives and passions are, and what means a lot to us."

Following the Super Falcons

The continent's most successful national side with nine African titles, Nigeria are the only African team to have played in all eight Women's World Cups since 1991.

Despite possessing the talent to potentially make the step up to Englands senior side, Plumptre has been growing professionally and fully aware of the Super Falcons' rise in the global game.

"When you look around there are several Nigerian players playing at the top level of the women's game," she pointed out.

"With the Super Falcons I have been following them and the continued progress the team is making. But one player that I remember is Asisat Oshoala.

"She was at Liverpool when I played for Notts County, then I was about 16 and the big thing was having Oshoala over at Liverpool.

"That was the big name and then she obviously went to Arsenal. And everybody knew of her and how talented she was. For me an an English person, she was Nigerian football to me."

She's hoping to meet the club's Nigerian international duo Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho soon, insisting that the pandemic has made it difficult to link up with them.

"With Leicester Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Ihenacho have been a good roles model for me. It's funny we haven't met but that's all because of Covid but at some point hopefully we'll be able to meet each other," she explained.

Plumptre has been immersed in the culture, food and music of her father's ancestral home, but admits she has never visited the country.

"I listen to a lot of music but my favourite genre is classic 90s R&Bs, the stuff my dad grew up listening to are what I listen to now," she explained.

"But with regards Nigerian songs I like, I will go with veteran and legendary musician King Sunny Ade because I've heard some of his records.

"I really enjoy the Nigerian Jollof rice, fish stew but my favourite meal is moi-moi [steamed and flavoured cakes of ground beans]."
https://www.bbc.com/sport/africa/57411902.amp

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Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by Worksunlimited: 3:11pm On Jun 09
Interesting... First to comment on this beautiful day that God has made....

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Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by FeedMeNews: 3:11pm On Jun 09
angry
Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by Ceenachi(m): 3:12pm On Jun 09
I seen her playing for another White football team cos Nigeria don finish kpata kpata grin

These I have seen grin grin

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Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by Shellsploit: 3:12pm On Jun 09
Mission abort..
I repeat Mission abort.


When dem go owe u 6years allowance grin
By that time, you go open GoFundMe account.

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Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by martineverest(m): 3:12pm On Jun 09
***Nigerian heritage**

weird

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Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by constance500: 3:12pm On Jun 09
stay right there

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Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by SmartPolician: 3:13pm On Jun 09
I had to check again to understand her ties with Nigeria because this lady is too white to be Nigerian

I just hope she's aware that our female players protest for everything, including match allowances and kits. Young lady, you better focus on the English team because AC no be fan.

Please try to meet with Iheanacho and Ndidi. They will give you more lecture about what players see in this shithole.

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Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by Bobmarie(f): 3:13pm On Jun 09
LOL
Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by Faber(m): 3:13pm On Jun 09
Good
Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by Jentle244(m): 3:13pm On Jun 09
See beauty and talent. It is not worth it coming to this mess of a country. You will be frustrated. But goodlucke on your ambition

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Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by obochima: 3:13pm On Jun 09
Very good for her

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Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by castrokins(m): 3:13pm On Jun 09
Bring Her Home

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Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by wman(m): 3:13pm On Jun 09
Nigerian father.
Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by Adolfhitler001: 3:14pm On Jun 09
She no make the first 11for her home country that's y grin grin

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Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by Prosper91: 3:14pm On Jun 09
I take God beg you,no come play for Nigeria

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Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by pride4legacy(m): 3:14pm On Jun 09
Come first... Make we bleep you
Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by Sysdatek: 3:15pm On Jun 09
Shellsploit:
Mission abort..
I repeat Mission abort.


When dem go owe u 6years allowance grin
By that time, you go open GoFundMe account.

And you believe her type will play for us cause of money?
How much u wan give her undecided

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Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by viqSmallz(m): 3:15pm On Jun 09
If you see English shirt you no go talk this thing.

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Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by PAWG(m): 3:15pm On Jun 09
Interesting times, a number of guys in the NBA also want to play for Nigeria at the Olympics. Impressive

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Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by syrecookie: 3:16pm On Jun 09
Lol
This one don watch too much naija documentary, na when she truly come she go understand

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Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by phr0nesis(m): 3:16pm On Jun 09
Is that not oyibo I'm seeing?
Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by visijo(m): 3:16pm On Jun 09
Do you remember when you were young thinking if you grow up you will help the poor? Now Help yourself my friend.�

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Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by DominionGreat: 3:17pm On Jun 09
Remain for there o . Fulanis don't like progress..

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Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by pyyxxaro: 3:17pm On Jun 09
Iheanacho , come see free chop oh
Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by youngblaq: 3:17pm On Jun 09
Walai dis life no just balance sha. This one is strong.
Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by rawtouch: 3:18pm On Jun 09
welcome development
Re: Ashleigh Plumptre: Leicester City Women's Star Keen On Playing For Nigeria by WesternOligarch: 3:18pm On Jun 09
This is the issue with marrying outside your race, stupid Africans genociding themselves by race mixing.......how the fvck can this mutt claim to be african.

She's actually quarter Nigerian..... figures.

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