Nigeria eye up Toffees’ Lookman


The 19-year-old scored on debut for new his club Everton in the 4-0 defeat of Manchester City on Sunday, after just four minutes on the pitch.

While he was born in England and has represented the Three Lions at under 19 and under 20 level, the former Charlton Athletic striker has Nigerian parents.

And after seeing him impress in the Premier League, albeit briefly, the Nigeria Football Federation are keen to talk to Lookman.

NFF official Bitrus Bewarang told BBC Sport: “He has Nigerian parents and we’d need to speak to him first.

“I saw him against Manchester City and I was excited to see a young player of Nigerian descent shine, so I thought why not.

“It is the duty of the national coach [Gernot Rohr] to invite players to the national team, but we will help him check Lookman’s eligibility.”

With Sone Aluko, Victor Moses, Shola Ameobi and Alex Iwobi all swapping England for the Super Eagles, Bewarang is hopeful Lookman will follow their lead.

He added: “We’ve managed to get players like Moses and Iwobi in the past and Lookman will be a great addition to the national team if we got him.

“We have a young side, the new coach is building a strong squad and having some youngsters from the Premier League [Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi] could help his decision.

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