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England's coach confirms interest in 2021 Super Eagles invitee

Posted : 22 May 2024

England manager Gareth Southgate has acknowledged the talent of Crystal Palace's Michael Olise, who was snubbed by both France and England for Euro 2024.

Despite his impressive performance with 10 goals and 6 assists in 19 league matches, Olise was left out of the European Championship squads.

Southgate described Olise as a "very good player" and hinted at England's interest in recruiting him should he opt for a switch in international allegiance.

Born in London to a Nigerian father and French-Algerian mother, Olise remains eligible to represent England or Nigeria, having previously played for France at youth level.

Southgate noted that any change in international allegiance would require a lengthy process of association transfer.

While France may consider Olise for their Olympic team, England remains open to recruiting him in the future, according to Southgate.

Despite Olise's continued domestic success, the timing for any potential switch before the Euros seems unlikely due to the lengthy process involved.

Southgate's comments suggest that England is monitoring Olise closely, ready to seize the opportunity if he chooses to represent his country of birth.

Nigeria also presents an appealing option for Olise, with fellow Nigerians encouraging him to join the Super Eagles.



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