FIFA have approved the applications of Fulham pair Ademola Lookman and Toisin Adarabioyo to play for Nigeria, according to reports this morning.
Lookman, who was a key part of the England under 20 side that won the World Cup in 2017 and made eleven under-21 appearances, made the decision to switch his international allegiance to the birthplace of his parents last year. National coach Gernot Rohr has stressed the importance of regular club football in selection for the Super Eagles and Lookman has been impressive since joining Fulham on loan from RB Leipzig, scoring three goals in fifteen appearances – mostly recently against league leaders Manchester United last week.
Adarabioyo’s application for a switch of nationality has also been approved. This was less of a hurdle as the cultured defender has not represented England at any youth level since an under-19 call-up in 2015. Adarabioyo has made an outstanding start to his Fulham career since moving to Craven Cottage from Manchester City for £2m last October, making fifteen first-team appearances and helping to tighten up a previously leaky defence as Scott Parker switched to three centre halves.
UPDATE: The Nigerian FA have denied this story – saying it is ‘completely false’.