EPL star to join Nigeria, more to follow?

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With reports suggesting that a Southampton midfielder is ready to switch his allegiance from England to Nigeria, here are 10 rising stars in Europe who could follow suit, including a Manchester United forward. 

Saints star Nathan Tella recently admitted that he is ready to give up his English passport to join the Super Eagles.

The 22-year-old was born in the United Kingdom, but is eligible to play for the African nation through his parents, who are both Nigerian. 

"Yeah, it's true. I haven't been contacted as such but I'm in the process of sorting out my passport for them (Nigeria)," Tella said, per Pulse Sports.

"... I would love to play international football, that's always been a dream of mine.

"If I went away with Nigeria, it would be something new and new experiences bring out the best in players.

"When I look at Che [Adams, Southampton teammate], I see that he has come back from Scotland as a more mature player. There is no reason why I can't do that, come back a more mature person."

There are a number of other young stars on the rise in Europe who could follow Tella's route in choosing to make themselves available for Super Eagles selection.  

Scroll through the gallery above to see 10 rising stars who could join Nigeria 

Crystal Palace winger Eberechi Eze is a possible candidate as his parents are Nigerian. The 23-year-old has produced some impressive displays for the London club this season, but is yet to receive a call-up to the star-studded England national team. 

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick paid a visit to the attacking midfielder in 2019 in an effort to convince him to pick Nigeria's green and white strip, but no agreement was reached, according to ESPN. 

PSV Eindhoven winger Noni Madueke, who was born to Nigerian parents, has been the subject of interest from a number of top sides of late, including Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

With the 19-year-old seemingly in-demand, the England U21 star is yet to make an appearance for the country's senior national team, so the Super Eagles could capitalise on the situation. 

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Manchester United's Shola Shoretire, 17, has been tipped to have a bright future after he became the seventh-youngest player ever to represent the club's senior team in February 2021.  

The Super Eagles reportedly stand a good chance of securing his allegiance as his Nigerian father has demanded that the NFF call his son – who has represented England at U15, U16, U18 and U19 level – up as quickly as possible in order to prise him away from the Three Lions, according to The Guardian. 

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