England U21 manager Aidy Boothroyd has made a big claim about the Nigeria Football Federation, saying that they have promised young English-born Nigerian talents spots in the World Cup roster if they commit their international future to the three-time African champions.
It is known that the Nigerian Federation are trying to persuade the likes of Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, Liverpool duo Ovie Ejaria and Sheyi Ojo, Everton’s Ademola Lookman and Arsenal’s Chuba Akpom to pledge their international future to Nigeria.
The NFF have snatched three former England youth-teamers in the shape of Victor Moses, Chelsea defender Ola Aina and Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi from under England’s noses, and Boothroyd is worried that others may follow suit if their starting spots are not guaranteed.
“Nigeria are trying to get as many players as they can and you can’t blame them because we’ve got some good players. Sheyi Ojo is another,”Aidy Boothroyd told the English press, including the Daily Mail.
“It’s a hard one because I can’t guarantee they are going to play, as the group is so good. Perhaps other countries might see that and promise the world and get them in the first team before you know it.”
Dominic Solanke, Fikayo Tomori, Onomah, Abraham and Lookman could figure for the Young Lions when they tackle Scotland U21s in a UEFA European U21 Qualifier at the Riverside Stadium on Friday, October 6.
“Conte frustrated by International break”
Graeme Le Saux believes Antonio Conte will be frustrated with the pause in Premier League football because he will be keen to “correct” Chelsea’s mistakes.
The champions failed to go into the international break on a high after Kevin De Bruyne’s stunning goal sealed a 1-0 win for title rivals Manchester City at Stamford Bridge last Saturday.
The defeat was Chelsea’s second in the Premier League this term, with the first also coming in west London when the Blues went 3-2 down to Burnley in their first match of the campaign.
Chelsea next travel to take on rock-bottom Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday 14 October and Le Saux thinks that while Conte will not have welcomed the break in club football, he will have been happy about trying to help top scorer Alvaro Morata regain full fitness following his hamstring injury.
Betfair ambassador Le Saux said: “Conte is probably a bit frustrated as he’d like to rectify what happened against City this weekend.
“If you have a performance like that where things don’t go your way, you’re always eager as a manager and as a team to correct it straight away.
“However, the international break does offer him a period of grace to assess how bad Morata’s injury is and hopefully get him back into the side as quickly as possible.”
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