The Africa Cup of Nations is set to kick off, and Nigeria, with a star-studded roster, aims to be a strong contender. While Morocco and Senegal are favorites, the Super Eagles, featuring talents like Victor Osimhen and Premier League players, could have been even stronger with dual-qualified stars.
Mail Sport presents a hypothetical dual-eligible English and Nigerian side for AFCON, showcasing potential contributions from players with ties to both nations.
Goalkeeper: Owen Goodman, eligible for England, Nigeria, and Canada, currently on loan at Colchester United from Crystal Palace, has opted for England U20 over Nigeria's call-up.
Right back: Michael Olise, a winger born in London with Nigerian roots, has represented France U21, providing a versatile defensive option for our hypothetical team.
Centre-backs: Tosin Adarabioyo, in good form for Fulham, and Fikayo Tomori, born in Canada with Nigerian parents, currently excelling at AC Milan, offer defensive solidity.
Left back: Derrick Abu, a Southampton youngster, capable of playing across the backline, is eligible for Nigeria despite representing England at U17 level.
Centre midfield: Curtis Jones, a Liverpool standout of Nigerian descent, has become a key player, possibly earning a call-up to England's squad for the Euros.
Centre midfield: Ross Barkley, impressing at Luton, with Nigerian heritage, adds experience and creativity to the midfield.
Attacking midfield: Eberechi Eze, born in London to Nigerian parents, showcased his talent with Crystal Palace and won his first England senior cap in 2023.
Right wing: Bukayo Saka, born in London to Nigerian parents, has been exceptional for Arsenal, making his senior England debut in 2020.
Left wing: Ademola Lookman, having switched allegiance to Nigeria in 2022, impressing at Atalanta, adds speed and goal-scoring prowess to the team.