Nigeria “Loses” Another Prolific Attacking Player To England, Again
By Amaechi Agbo
Nigeria has once again “lost” another player to England after Noni Madueke, full name Chukwunonso Tristan Madueke declared his intention to play for English Three Lions rather than Super Eagles of Nigeria, www.bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.
The PSV Eindhoven forward signified his intention to play at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar with England.
Madueke has represented his country of birth from U15 to U23 level but has yet to hand a call-up into the three lions.
Reports claimed that Nigeria wants him to follow the footsteps of Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses and represent the Super Eagles.
Speaking to The Sun, the forward distanced himself from the reports and stated that he believes in his ability to break into the England set-up.
“I’m very confident in myself. In my head, there are no limits to what I can do.”
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. But I will always back my ability.”
“You never know how football goes. I try to take every day as it comes. My bread and butter is my club.”
“If I’m winning games with my club, if I could be at the World Cup in 15 months, it would be great.” he said.
He is currently being transfer target for two English Premiership League sides Arsenal and Tottenham Spurs.
Leeds United, Crystal Palace and Southampton have all expressed their interest, according to the Standard, while Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the London-born £20 million-rated winger.
Madueke may feel that he has unfinished business on the other side of North London, however, with Tottenham looking to re-sign a man who captained their U16 side before heading out to Holland in search of more regular first-team opportunities.
The 19-uear old maintained his eye-catching form with two brilliantly-taken goals as PSV thrashed Ajax 4-0 in the Johan Cruyff Shield on Saturday, and Rutten sees similarities between the 19-year-old and another jet-heeled forward who made his name at the Philips Stadium.
Madueke, 19, was born in England to Nigerian parents, but he has never been to the West African Country.
Nigeria had in recent times “lost” players whose parents are from the West Africa countries to England with Tammy Abraham,
Tomori Fikayo as well as Saka Bukayo all opting to okay for England despite Nigeria Football Federation’s approach to the them.