Fifa, football’s governing body, granted Ademola Lookman’s change of association request from England to Nigeria within 24 hours, according to the Nigeria Football Federation.
Lookman, a dual citizen of England (where he was born) and Nigeria (where his parents are from), has received Fifa’s one-time change of association approval, paving the way for him to make his international debut in the coming weeks.
Lookman, a 2017 U20 World Cup winner with the Young Lions, has previously represented England at the U19 and U21 levels.
The 24-year-old competed in the 2016 European U19 Championship and U21 Euro qualifications for his native nation.
In November 2016, Lookman was a member of the England U20 side that thrashed the Golden Eaglets 8-1 in the Suwon Continental Cup.
Dr Mohammed Sanusi, the NFF General Secretary, congratulated Fifa for approving the Federation’s fresh application for Lookman’s one-time move in record time.
“We sent in the application on Wednesday night after putting all the necessary documentation together. We are happy to receive the approval today,” Sanusi said on Thursday, according to a press release by the Nigerian Federation.
Lookman was a target for previous Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr, and it’s unclear whether he’ll be called up by interim coach Augustine Eguavoen for the 2022 World Cup playoff matches against regional rivals Ghana next month.