Hudson-Odoi, Nmecha & players who could declare for Africa

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  1. Eddie Nketiah England under 21 GFX
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    Eddie Nketiah

    There is no doubt about the qualities the Arsenal youngster possesses, however, it is yet to be seen if he would represent Ghana at international level.

    Blessed with speed, skills and a knack for goals, the 22-year-old has featured for England at U18, U19, U20, U21 levels.

    Interestingly, Nketiah is the all-time top goalscorer for England's Under-21 side after surpassing the record held by Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers.

    With the array of talents in the Three Lions squad that might limit his chances of playing for the European side, perhaps a switch to the Black Stars could ensure an international career of challanging for top honours.

  2. Karim Adeyemi Red Bull Salzburg 2020-21

    Karim Adeyemi

    At 19, the fleet-footed RB Salzburg teenager seems to be generating interest from top clubs across Europe thanks to his impressive performances.

    The Bayern Munich and Barcelona-linked striker is the youngest player ever to score in the Champions League for the Austrian Bundesliga outfit at 18 years and 318 days.

    Born to a Nigerian father and German mother, he is could represent the Super Eagles in future despite representing Germany at the U16, U17 and U21 levels.

  3. Colin Dagba PSG

    Colin Dagba

    Another player who many have tipped to switch gear to play for an African country at international level is Dagba.

    The 22-year-old right-back has been a key member of Paris Saint-Germain since his move from Boulogne in 2016.

    In the just-concluded season, he featured in 25 league games with a goal to his credit.

    His 16 appearances for France U21 between 2019 to 2021, mean it would be unlikely, but not surprising, if he turned to the Benin Republic for his senior international career.

  4. Lukas Nmecha

    Lukas Nmecha

    If recent media reports are anything to go by, the Manchester City wonderkid will be representing Nigeria in the months to come.

    Goal gathered courtesy of a report by Bild that the Nigeria Football Federation is keen on ensuring that the talented player put on the green and white jersey.

    At the just-concluded 2021 Uefa European U21 Championship staged in Slovenia, Nmecha’s 49th-minute strike inspired Stefan Kuntz’s Germany team to a 1-0 defeat of Portugal in the final staged at the Stozice Stadium, Ljubljana.

    Having found the net on four occasions, he walked home with the Golden Boot while he made the team of the tournament alongside teammates David Raum, Nico Schlotterbeck, Ridle Baku, Niklas Dorsch, and Arne Maier.

  5. Callum Hudson-Odoi Chelsea 2020-21

    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi has generated a lot of attention in the media of recent following his arrival in Ghana for a holiday.

    Just a few day days after Chelsea’s Champions League triumph, he landed in the West African nation – where his parents are from.

    Due to his Ghanaian parentage, the 20-year-old, who was snubbed by England for the Uefa European Championship, is eligible to play for the Black Stars despite making three senior appearances for England in friendlies.

    Should that happen, he is expected to play a crucial role in the four-time African Champions’ participating in the 2022 Fifa World Cup – should they qualify.

  6. Eberechi Eze Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United Premier League 2020-21
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    Eberechi Eze

    The Crystal Palace man has not ruled out the possibility of playing for three-time African champions yet.

    Eze was noticed by the Nigeria Football Federation during his time at Queens Park Rangers. After that, he was invited to train with the Super Eagles on October 5, 2018.

    As it stands, he is yet to make a decision on whether he would continue to pursue his Three Lions ambition or make a U-turn to represent the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations winners, where a regular place in almost guaranteed.

  7. Isaac Lihadji Marseille 2019-20
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    Isaac Lihadji

    Despite his young age, the 19- year-old forward has featured for the French national team at U16, U17, U18, U19 and U21 cadres.

    Even at that, he is very qualified to represent African country Comoros at senior level.

    In the just-concluded season, he played a fringe role in Lille’s Ligue 1 triumph in the 2020-21 campaign. He only made one start in all the eleven matches he played for the Stade Pierre-Mauroy giants.