Queens Park Rangers’ Ebere Eze has a decision to make over his international allegiance, but who will he choose – England or Nigeria?
It’s been the breakthrough season for Eze. Seven goals this season means he’s surpassed his tally of four last season and under the watchful eye of Mark Warburton, Eze has really established himself as a key component in that QPR team.
His form this season has caught the eye of many. Aidy Boothroyd was one, the England U21 boss gave Eze his full debut for the Young Lions last month. There’s also been interest from the Premier League shown in the 21-year-old, with Southampton said to be keen on a January transfer.
Everything has come at once for Eze – international duty, Premier League interest, and now the President of the Nigerian Football Federation has thrown another decision at him.
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Amaju Pinnick has been in talks with both Eze and his parents in England in an attempt to get the QPR man to switch international allegiances to Nigeria in time for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“We need to make a solid representation at Qatar 2022 and it starts with improving on your squad with quality players like Eze,” Pinnick told the BBC. “Can you imagine a midfield with Ndidi, Aribo, Etebo and Eze?”
The QPR man would definitely bolster the Super Eagles’ midfield but would he realistically want to represent Nigeria after only just starting his England career?
Pinnick has used the lure of the World Cup in three years. Eze could represent Nigeria in Qatar and play on the biggest stage of them all at 24-years-old, or he could hold out for a spot in the England squad, and try and represent them in Qatar.
With so much English talent coming through at the moment, Eze is one of many that could potentially be going to Qatar with England in 2022.
It’s a really difficult, life-changing decision that Eze has to make and at such a young age as well. Nigeria may well be a safer choice – Pinnick speaks very highly of the QPR man and has big hopes of him playing for Nigeria in Qatar.
England though is where Eze was born and whilst Nigeria may not go far in the World Cup, England have a very real chance of winning it. It’s not a decision that Eze will take lightly but whatever his outcome, QPR is where he’s at now.