Can’t wait to wear the Eagles shirt – Lookman

Former England youth player Ademola Lookman has said he is looking forward to wearing the Super Eagles shirt after his nationality change request was approved.

The winger expressed his delight after being cleared by football’s governing body FIFA to represent Nigeria, the country of his parents’ birth.

The Leicester City winger had in January 2020 put in place requirements to transfer his international commitment to the Eagles but had to wait until Thursday when his request was approved by FIFA.

The 24-year-old, born in Wandsworth, South West London, had previously played for England at the U-19, U-20 and U-21 levels, but remained eligible to play for Nigeria due of the fact that he was yet to come for the Three Lions.

The Nigerian Football Association were hoping the Leicester City player would be available for the just-concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and had originally shortlisted him in the Eagles squad for the tournament, but unfortunately did not. not made the final list due to his request to change nationality. had not been sanctioned by FIFA at the time.

Football’s governing body, however, announced on Thursday that the 24-year-old’s request to change nationality had been approved.

Lookman took his Twitter handle to express his joy while adding that he was looking forward to playing for the Eagles.

“Delighted to announce that FIFA have approved my change of nationality. Thank you for the warm welcome and I can’t wait to put on the Super Eagles jersey and represent the country,” he wrote on his official account. .

Lookman will be hoping to win his first call-up and likely make his international debut when Nigeria take on Ghana in next month’s World Cup play-offs for a place in Qatar.

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