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Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by tunnex190(m): 8:14am On Jul 12
Ahead of the Euro 2020 final, Ed Dove ranks every potential Super Eagle who played for the European giants.

#9 Dominic Solanke
Former Chelsea and Liverpool striker who remains eligible for Nigeria having only represented England once, in a friendly against Brazil in 2017.

Solanke, currently in the Championship with Bournemouth, has shown glimpses of his youth promise at senior level, but appears unlikely to add to his 15 minutes with the Three Lions.

#8 Fikayo Tomori
Despite reported interest from both Canada and Nigeria, the Chelsea centre-back made his England debut in 2019.

Even though his six-minute showing came in a competitive fixture, he remains eligible for the Super Eagles due to the recent Fifa change to eligibility rules.

#7 Tammy Abraham
Another recent entry—and a controversial one at that—Abraham appeared close to committing to the Super Eagles, particularly after NFF President Amaju Pinnick revealed that he was on the brink of choosing Nigeria for his future.

Ultimately, the Chelsea striker chose England, and while he has four caps to date, the presence of the likes of Harry Kane, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Marcus Rashford threatens to reduce his potential international impact with the Three Lions.

He was not in the reckoning for the Euro 2020 squad.

#6 Carlton Cole
The ex-Chelsea frontman acknowledged that he was approached by Nigeria, and was tempted by the prospect of playing alongside his hero, Nwankwo Kanu.

"I was called up by Nigeria last season but Chelsea told me that it was in my best interests not to go," the former striker said last year. "I could have been playing alongside Kanu. I look up to him as one of the best players in the world.

"My father is Nigerian and my mother comes from Sierra Leone but I've never been a follower of Nigeria and my interest in African football is only occasional.

"I was born in England and consider that to be my country so I want to play for them."

Cole ended his England career with seven appearances, all from the bench.

#5 Ugo Ehiogu
Late centre-back who passed away prematurely in 2017 following a heart attack at Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground, where he was working as a coach.

The defender enjoyed a distinguished playing career, notably with Aston Villa and Middlesbrough alongside current England coach Gareth Southgate, and amassed four caps for the Three Lions.

#4 Gabby Agbonlahor
One of the most contentious players on this list, Agbonlahor was courted by the Super Eagles, and remains the enduring example of someone who was ultimately spurned by the Three Lions, potentially regretting what might have been with Nigeria.

He ended his international career with just three appearances—zero goals—and could have achieved so much more with the West Africans.

#3 Bukayo Saka
The latest Nigerian player to turn out for the Three Lions, Saka made his debut in the 3-0 victory over Wales last year.

He's subsequently grown into the squad, becoming a key player under Southgate and playing an influential role in England's run to the Euro 2020 final.

He could be the first player of Nigerian origin since Angelo Ogbonna of Italy to feature in a Euro final on Sunday.

#2 John Salako
The only Nigeria-born player to play for England, Salako was born in Ibadan before moving to Kent as a youngster.

He’s a Crystal Palace legend, making over 200 appearances for the Eagles, and was included in the club’s Centenary XI.

The outside left made five England appearances—all in 1991.

#1 John Fashanu
Towering, powerful striker who was a cult hero with unfashionable Wimbledon during their halcyon days at the top of the English game.

His international career, potentially due to the intense competition, was relatively brief, with two appearances a scant return for such a talented and unique frontman.

Following his retirement, Fashanu expressed regret that he hadn’t turned out for the Super Eagles instead.

"The fact is that I really wanted to play for Nigeria and I came home on three occasions but the coach said I was not good enough to make his team, and so never selected me except for one friendly match against China where I was an unused substitute,” Fashanu told Goal.

“So, it was never my fault at all and it pained me so much that I never played for my country.”

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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by tunnex190(m): 8:15am On Jul 12
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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by tunnex190(m): 8:16am On Jul 12
J. Fashanu

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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by general111: 8:19am On Jul 12
Owk..wetin concern me..
If na me, i will play for england

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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by Harrymig1(m): 8:23am On Jul 12
Nigerians making the country proud worldwide.

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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by extol1(m): 8:38am On Jul 12
what of Dele Ali

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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by tunnex190(m): 10:02am On Jul 12
extol1:
what of Dele Ali

He never intended to play with Super Eagles.

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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by paulolee(m): 11:46am On Jul 12
nice list bro
Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by tunnex190(m): 12:38pm On Jul 12
Tammy Abraham's career has ended as England player before it started. Serves him right.

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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by tunnex190(m): 12:44pm On Jul 12
Callum Hudson-Odoi has already changed his mind and decided to play for Ghana.

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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by bigdammyj: 12:53pm On Jul 12
Noted
Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by YorubaKinging: 12:53pm On Jul 12
The end is near

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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by WonderManly(m): 12:54pm On Jul 12
Noted...

Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by Brokeronline: 12:54pm On Jul 12
shocked
Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by Fizzymike1(m): 12:54pm On Jul 12
Don't blame them, I believe in Nigeria but if am in their shoes I might do worse.

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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by rawpadgin(m): 12:54pm On Jul 12
The only reason anyone would choose the super eagles over the three lions is because they can't get into the latter easily as competition is stiff there. However, it is easier for the super eagles to lift a major trophy than for the three lions to do same

55years without a single trophy tongue

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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by yrex01(m): 12:54pm On Jul 12
tunnex190:
Tammy Abraham's career has ended as England player before it started. Serves him right.
fear God bros

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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by sam564: 12:54pm On Jul 12
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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by Dagger111(m): 12:54pm On Jul 12
Oja mi lara jee. I will surely choose Nigeria over others. This is the reason:

SOCIALISM: You have two cows, and you give one to your neighbor.

COMMUNISM: You have two cows, the government takes both and gives you milk.

FASCISM: You have two cows, the government takes both and sells you milk.

NAZISM: You have two cows, the government takes them and kills you.

CAPITALISM: You have two cows, you sell one and buy a male. You multiply your cows and there is economic growth. You sell them, you retire and you live on your profits.

MODERN CAPITALISM: You have two cows, you sell one and buy a male. You multiply your cows and you buy those of your neighbors. The latter become your shepherds, you pay them in monkey currencies and they die poor.

AMERICAN SOCIETY: You have two cows, you sell one and you have to make the other one to produce milk like 4 cows. By dint of producing beyond her capacity, she dies. You take a consultant to understand this death.

FRENCH SOCIETY: You have two cows, you go on strike because you want a third.

GERMAN SOCIETY: You have two cows, you modify them so that they live 100 years, eat once a month and treat themselves.

CHINESE SOCIETY: You have two cows, you sell milk to your compatriots and you produce plastic milk to export to the rest of the world.

BLACK/ AFRICAN SOCIETY: You have two cows, you eat them all the same day and you dream that donors or the international community give you others. You turn to God and hope for miracle cattle. You fast 40 days and 40 nights without eating or drinking so that the cows will fall from heaven. At the end, you die in extreme poverty.

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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by money121(m): 12:55pm On Jul 12
Ok
Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by Racoon(m): 12:55pm On Jul 12
They would have opted for motherland if Nigeria were a sane country ruled by responsible leadership.Home is always home.

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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by nkechiodogwuna: 12:55pm On Jul 12
grin grin
Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by maximunimpact(m): 12:56pm On Jul 12
Felt for saka yesterday though but happy Italy won

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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by ecolime(m): 12:57pm On Jul 12
Don't blame them.

Only few people would be proud to associate with a country like Nigeria the way it is currently.

I still believe Naija will be great again. Make Buhari and cohorts (Lai Muhammed, Garba, Onochie, Tinubu etc.) just commot first.

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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by Gucciboy1(m): 12:57pm On Jul 12
Correction: Italians are the European giants and not England

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Re: Ranking Every Nigerian Who Chose To Play For England's Three Lions by ednut1(m): 12:59pm On Jul 12
Dele alli, ross barkey

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