5 Players Who Turned Down Nigeria Only To Be Forgotten By The Country They Chose To Play For

When it comes to decision making as regards choosing a national team to play for when a player is eligible to play for two or more countries, it is very important that the player thinks carefully before making up his mind and committing his future and international career because it is a decision he might later regret later on.


Nigeria is a country that is blessed with so many quality players, so it is not as if the national team lacks capable players. But whenever a bright prospect in Europe emerges and it is discovered that he has Nigerian ancestry, thereby eligible to wear the green and white jersey of the Super Eagles and represent the 1996 Olympic gold medal winners, we always get excited and jump at the opportunity.

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In the past we have had players with dual citizenship who decided to play for Nigeria and they went on to enjoy great success. Players like Osaze Odemwingie, Victor Moses, chose to play for Nigeria when they could have easily turned us down, but they didn't, and I can confidently say they don't regret their choice because they went on to enjoy great success.

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This article is not about those who played for Nigeria, we want to look at those who turned Nigeria down and decided to play for other countries only to be forgotten by those countries.

Let's start with from number five and gradually come down to number one.

5. Angelo Ogbonna (Italy)

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Angelo Ogbonna is an Italian defender who was eligible to play for the Super Eagles but turned down the opportunity.


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The two time Serie A winner who currently plays for Westham in the Premier League only managed 13 appearance for Italy and seems to have been forgotten by the national side.

4. Gabriel Agbonlahor (England)

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Everyone who remembers the Aston Villa of a very young Ashley Young will remember Gabby Agbonlahor who was a fantastic attacker during his time.

The Englishman turned down Nigeria when after he was called up, decided to play for the Three Lions and at the end of the day, he only made earned 3 caps in his international career.

3. Fikayo Tomori (England)

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Every time i remember that Fikayomi turned down Nigeria, it hurts me. Having followed his progress through Chelsea's famous academy, I know for a fact how much a future super star this young defender is.

He broke into the Chelsea first team during Lampard's tenure before Chelsea eventually sold him to Italy. Today he is a first 11 for AC Milan but sadly England don't even call him up for their internationals after making sure the young defender commited his long term future to the Three Lions.

2. Tammy Abraham (England)

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Tammy, like Tomori, would most likely be regretting his choice for turning down Nigeria because with Kane leading the attack for England, it is very unlikely that he'll get any good run of games. He doesn't even get called up anymore.

1. Dele Alli (England)

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Of all the players in this list, Dele Alli seems to be the only player who actually lived in Nigeria for sometime while growing up.



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This is why when Nigeria played England in a friendly at the magnificent Wembley stadium, every time Dele touched the ball, he was greeted with boos by the Nigerian supporters. This is simply because they felt hurt by his decision to play for England instead of his father's country.

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Today, England have forgotten about Alli as he no longer get call ups for international matches.

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Out of the five players listed, which player do you wish played for Nigeria the most? For me it's Dele Alli. This is because he actually lived in Nigeria for a while. That means he's a true Naija boy.

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