Below are 12 English footballers of Nigerian descent. Some of these footballers are are in the senior team while others currently play at the youth level.
1. Bukayo Saka
Bukayo Ayoyinka Saka T.M , simply known as Bukayo Saka is an English footballer who plays as winger for premier league club Arsenal. He was born to Nigerian Immigrants in London Borough of Ealing. Before joining Arsenal, he played youth football for local club Greenford Celtic. Saka has represented England at the u16, u17, u18, u19, and u21 levels. Although Saka was eligible to play for Nigeria owing to his paternal heritage, Saka made his England debut on October 2020. That appearance made him ineligible for Nigeria, who he also could have chosen to represent. While explaining to Daily cannon, says being born and raised in England made it difficult for him to pick the Nigeria senior national team instead.
2. Ross Barkley
Ross Barkley is another English footballer of Nigerian descent. With the name and the look, who would’ve believed that Ross Barkley is in anyway tied to Nigeria? Ross was eligible to play for Nigeria through his paternal lineage as his dad, Peter Effanga is a Nigerian. He has made 33 caps for the England National team since his debut in 2013.
3. Dele Alli
Bamidele Jermaine Alli popularly referred to as Dele Ali was born in Milton Keyes to Kehinde Alli and Denise Fitch. While growing up, Dele showed interest in football but his parent’s marital issue made it difficult for them to concentrate on their talented son. After his parent’s divorce, he stayed with his dad for a while in Nigeria before moving back to the UK. Dele made a number of appearances for the England U-17 and U-18 team. Although he was still eligible to play for Nigeria, On 17 November 2015, Alli made his first start for the England senior team, scoring the opening goal.
4. Sheyi Ojo
Oluwaseyi Babajide “Sheyi” Ojo was born in hampstead England. He joined Liverpool as a 14-year-old and came through their academy. He spent time on loan with Championship clubs Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers before making his senior debut for Liverpool in January 2016. He has represented England at every youth level and he was also a part of the U20 world up winning squad.
5. Folarin Balogun
Folarin Jerry Balogun was born in New York City , USA to Nigerian parents who later migrated to England when he was 2 years old. Born in the United States to Nigerian parents and raised in England, Balogun is eligible to represent Nigeria, England and USA at international level. He has represented England at the U17,U18 and U20 levels. He also represented USA at U18 and expressed interest in playing for Nigeria.
6. Miguel Azeez
Miguel Azeez was born in England to Nigerian father and Spanish mom. He joined Arsenal FC U18 on the first day of July 2019and still plays as a forward for the Arsenal FC youth side. He is Currently a member of the England U19 squad
7. Dominc Solanke
Dominic Ayodele Solanke-Mitchell was born in Basingstoke United kingdom to a Nigeran father and British Mother.Dominic Solanke was part of the England U-20 woorld cup winning squad, in which he played a major role.Dominic Solanke is still eligible to play for Nigeria since he’s only made an appearance in a friendly game for the senior team
8. Fikayo Tomori
Fikayo Tomori is a rather peculiar case on this list. Oluwafikayomi oluwadamilola Tomori was born to Nigerian Parent in Calgary, Canada but he plays for the three lions of England. While Tomori had the chance to represent Canada and the super eagles of Nigeria, he got persuaded by the England national team and he made his debut for them on November 2019
9. Tammy Abraham
Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham, known as Tammy Abraham was born in Camberwell London to Nigerian Immigrant parents. Prior to making his first competitive cap for the three Lions of England senior team in October 2019, Abraham was eligible to represent Nigeria through his paternal lineage.
10. Eberechi Eze
Eberechi Oluchi Eze was born in Greenwich London to Nigerian Parents.He started his youth career with arsenal before his senor career with queens park rangers He has made 15 appearances for England at the youth level but he’s yet to make any cap for the senior team.Eberechi Eze is still eligible to represent the super eagles of Nigeria.
11. Noni Madueke
Chukwunonso Tristan Madueke better known as “Noni” is an English professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfield for Eredivisie club PSV. Madueke has represented England at U16, U17, U18youth levels. He’s currently a member of the England U21 squad.
12. Tosin Adarabioyo
Abdul-Nasir Oluwatosin Oluwadoyinsolami Adarabioyo plays as a center back for EFL championship side Fulham. Tosin was born in Manchester to Nigerian Immigrant parents. He started his career with Manchester city and later became the youngest-ever player to start a UEFA champions league match for the club at 19 years and 73 days. He has represented England at U16, U17, U18 and U19 levels.