Another long list of Nigerian-born players has emerged on the roll call of rising stars invited to various levels of England’s youth national teams, with Hull City defender, Fikayo Tomori, on loan from Chelsea, Dominic Solanke from Liverpool and Ademola Lookman from Everton top of the logs.
Tomori, Lookman and Solanke are joined by Josh Onomah of Tottenham Hotspur with invitations to England’s under-21 squad for the European U21 Championship qualifier against Ukraine at Obolon Stadium, Kiev on Friday, November 10.
However, Liverpool youngster, Ovie Ejaria will not be in the traveling party to the Ukrainian capital, having failed to make a single appearance for The Reds’ first team in the current campaign.
Similarly, Chelsea kid attacker, Ike Ugbo and Fulham midfielder, Tayo Edun are included in under-20 team manager, Keith Downing’s roster for a friendly against Germany at Stadion Zwickau on November 14.
Ugbo, who is spending the whole of this season on loan at Barnsley, started and scored against Italy’s U20s last month, and was part of The Young Lions that retained the Toulon Tournament in June 2017.
In the same vein, Everton’s deadline day signing, Dennis Adeniran has been picked by England U19 boss Paul Simpson for the UEFA European U19 Championship qualifiers.
At the same time, Arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo and Chelsea attacking midfielder Faustino Anjorin are set to add to their international caps for England youth, having been named to manager Steve Cooper’s 20-player roster.
The Young Lions, world champions at U17 level, will take on Portugal in a min-tournament on November 8, before facing Russia (November 11) and Germany (November 14).
The 16-year-old Okonkwo is highly regarded by Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger and has trained with the club’s first team twice this season; while Anjorin,15, has five appearances under his belt for Chelsea U18s, and got on the score-sheet against Fulham in September.
However, six players of Nigerian descent Jordan Aina, Ajibola Alese, Xavier Amaechi, Ed Elewa-Ikpakwu, Nathaniel Ogbeta and Bukayo Saka, who all represented England U16s last season, have been omitted from the latest U17 squad list announced on Thursday morning.