Why Chelsea's Ross Barkley Rejected His Nigerian Father's Name Explained

Why Chelsea's Ross Barkley Rejected His Nigerian Father's Name Explained

  • English-born Nigeria midfielder Ross Barkley declined the chance to switch his allegiance to represent the Super Eagles because of his father
  • The 28-year-old was born in Liverpool to a Nigerian father, Peter Effanga, and British mother Diane Barkley
  • Ross Barkley represented the Three Lions of England because he was neglected and abandoned by his father when he was a kid

Ross Barkley turned down the opportunity to represent Nigeria's Super Eagles on the international level to his father.

The Chelsea midfielder was born in Liverpool to a Nigerian father and a British mother, thus the 28-year-old was eligible to play for the West African country.

But Barkley, who has dual citizenship - Nigeria and England - chose to represent the European powerhouse, the country of his birth.

Ross Barkley, England, Three Lions, Nigeria, Super Eagles
Ross Barkley joined Chelsea for a fee of £15 million in January 2018. Credit: @chelseachronicle
Source: Twitter

As per Allnigeriasoccer, Barkley considered playing for Nigeria before making his competitive debut for England's senior squad in 2013.

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There were talks of him representing Nigeria at the 2012 African Cup of Nations in Mali after he announced that the three-time African champions were one of the countries he could have represented apart from England.

But Barkley opted against that decision after his father, Peter Effanga, abandoned him one year after he was born.

His mother, Diane Barkley, took care of him from infancy till he was all grown up.

Barkley then decided to bear his mother's maiden name instead of his father's name, Effanga.

Per Tuko.co.ke, Barkley's father is an automobile engineer who works for the Getrag Ford Transmission plant. His mother, on the other hand, is a housewife.

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Source: SportsBrief.com