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Ademola Lookman’s debut for Super Eagles delayed after England switch

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Leicester City’s Ademola Lookman will have to wait before making his debut for Nigeria, after he decided to switch his international allegiance from England.

The 24-year-old is eligible to play for the Super Eagles through his parents.

Despite opting to represent the west Africans, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is yet to apply to world governing body Fifa for a nationality switch.

This is because Lookman has played for England at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level.

“We are aware of Lookman’s desire to play for us and I have spoken to him as well. However, there is a process to it,” NFF chief scout Tunde Adelakun told BBC Sport Africa.

“After this process, then comes the consideration and decision of the head coach [Gernot Rohr] on whether or when he deems it fit to get him involved.”

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

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