Crystal Palace midfielder Eberechi Eze who is of Nigeria descent has been omitted from the Three Lions squad to the World Cup by Gareth Southgate and here is why it could be a blessing for the Super Eagles.
The 24-year-old has grown to be a regular under Patrick Viera led Crystal Palace side and has been known for his flair and passes.
Missing this World Cup means that Eze will be 28 years by the next World Cup and could really fancy his chance of choosing Nigeria in senior international football over England where he played age grade football.
Eze is currently witnessing how some England international of Nigeria ancestry are also being ignored for the World Cup despite being on top of their games.
Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham exclusion from this World Cup might just help the Greenwich born midfielder see the Nigerian path.
In 2019, former President of the Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick met with Eze and his girlfriend in an attempt to persuade him to switch his allegiance to Nigeria. Eze said that he was undecided on who to represent at that time.
However, Pinnick stated: “It appears to me that he would want to play for Nigeria, but again, there is a lot of pressure on these players who play in England.”
This is another opportunity for the new administration of Nigeria Football Federation under Alhaji Gusau to persuade the Crystal Palace playmaker to play for the Super Eagles.
Eze has already scored 2 goals and made 3 assist in the EPL this season and a partnership with Iwobi in the Super Eagles midfield would prove to be deadly.