The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is in pole position ahead of their English counterparts to secure the services of former Chelsea goalkeeper, Daniel Jinadu.
Now at West Ham United FC and regarded as one of the top teenage goalkeepers in English football, Jinadu has confirmed that he has pledged his international future to the three-time African champions.
The 17-year-old has represented England at Under 15 and 16 levels but the NFF will not apply for a change of association as all his caps at youth level were in friendly matches.
The Nigeria Under 17 coaches are monitoring the performances of the Hammers U18 star with a view to including him on the roster for the 2019 FIFA Under 17 World Cup in Brazil.
A second-year scholar at West Ham, Jinadu has made five appearances in the U18 Premier League posting two shutouts and made the bench for Premier League 2, Premier League International Cup and EFL Trophy matches.
Born in Nigeria, he trained with West Ham’s first team in Switzerland ahead of the 2018-2019 season.
Two players on the books of English Premier League clubs, Chelsea’s Adrian Akande and Bournemouth’s Joseph Oluwabusola, were part of the Golden Eaglets team at the 2019 U17 AFCON.
In the meantime, former Manchester City midfielder, Tom Dele-Bashiru, has revealed why he has committed his international future to Nigeria over England.
The talented midfielder recently represented Nigeria at the 2019 FIFA Under 20 World Cup finals in Poland despite having been born in Manchester, England to parents of Nigerian descent.
Dele-Bashiru had previously played for England Under 16 national team, but he has decided to play for the African nation.
The 19-year-old spoke to the Watford FC official website about his decision after joining the English club from their Premier League rivals Manchester City.
“I just felt like I’ll probably play for the first team with the Super Eagles, more likely than playing for England because England have a lot of players to choose from,”
“Obviously, it is my home nation so it was good to play for them.
“I am very proud of my roots, I try and embrace it. I paint a good picture so that people understand what it is to be a Nigerian.”
Dele-Bashiru will be hoping to impress the Super Eagles selectors during his spell with Watford and play for Nigeria’s senior national team.