Listing 8 Nigerian Eligible Players Called Up to England Youth Teams Ahead of International Window

Listing 8 Nigerian Eligible Players Called Up to England Youth Teams Ahead of International Window

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at March 20, 2024 at 7:07 AM
In this article:
Carney Chukwuemeka logo
Chelsea logoMEngland logo
Noni Madueke logo
N. Madueke
Chelsea logoFEngland logo
Ethan nwaneri
Arsenal logo
Chelsea logo
Nigeria logo
England logo
  • England has invited eight Nigeria-eligible players to their youth national teams
  • Arsenal’s Ethan Nwaneri was named in the under-17 roster for the Three Lions
  • Ademola Lookman is the latest England youth player to change over to Nigeria

Nigeria is set to lose eight eligible junior players to England after the Three Lions invited a number of youngsters to their youth team rosters for the forthcoming international window.

Arsenal’s Ethan Nwaneri and Newcastle United’s Trevan Sanusi have been called up to the England U17 roster for the UEFA U17 Euro elite round qualifiers this week, the FA has announced.

Nigeria, Chelsea, England, Three Lions, Super Eagles, eligible, youth
Chelsea's Carney Chukwuemeka and Noni Madueke have been invited to the England Under-21 squad ahead of the international window. Photo by Chloe Knott.
Source: Getty Images

According to AllNigeriaSoccer, Nwaneri has made at least 21 appearances for England's U17s and was named in the Young Lions squad for the 2023 U17 Euro and FIFA U17 World Cup.

Chelsea’s Carney Chukwuemeka and Noni Madueke also received call-ups to England’s U21 squads, while Aston Villa’s Tim Iroegbunam was selected for the Men’s Elite Squad.

Others also invited include Chelsea’s Tyrique George and Jamaldeen Jimoh to the U18s, along with Nelson Abbey from Olympiacos getting invited to the Men’s Elite squad.

Full list of England invitees

1. Noni Madueke (Chelsea) - U21

2. Carney Chukwuemeka (Chelsea) - U21

3. Tim Iroegbunam (Aston Villa - Men's Elite squad

4. Nelson Abbey (Olympiacos) - Men's Elite squad

5. Tyrique George (Chelsea) - U18

6. Jamaldeen Jimoh (Aston Villa) - U18

7. Ethan Nwaneri (Arsenal) - U17

8. Trevan Sanusi (Newcastle United) - U17.

Ghana loses Mainoo to England

Meanwhile, Manchester United's 18-year-old midfielder, Kobbie Mainoo, has been handed his first senior England call-up by manager Gareth Southgate, Sky Sports reports.

The Red Devils youngster was part of England’s Under-21 squad but has been drafted into the main Three Lions squad for the March friendlies against Brazil and Belgium.

Mainoo was eligible to play for Ghana as his father hails from the West African nation but his England capping means he will no longer be able to represent the Black Stars.

Arsenal’s youngster wants Super Eagles

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Arsenal's rising talent, Nathan Butler-Oyedeji, has confirmed his eligibility to officially represent Nigeria at the international level.

Born and bred in England, Butler-Oyedeji boasts a rich heritage that extends to the shores of the West African nation through his father and to Saint Vincent via his mom.

Chukwu Ikechukwu photo
Chukwu Ikechukwu
Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..