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Choosing England Was The Proper Choice — Eze

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Crystal Palace’s Eberechi Eze, who might have played for Nigeria, nevertheless opted to represent England at the international level.

The Palace player, whose parents are from Nigeria but who was born in England, has just been called up to the England squad for their upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against North Macedonia and Malta, ending Nigeria’s prospects of luring him away from his own nation.

Eze stated he made the right choice in choosing to represent England and defended his decision.

In an interview with London News Online, Eze remarked, “I don’t know when I decided.”

“After getting a call, I decided it was the appropriate move to make. I’m beyond delighted to be here.

“I’m talking to my friends, my family, and my wife, getting solid counsel from them, and pondering what the best course of action is for me and for my profession. We believe that this option—playing for England—is the best.

“This is the top level of football, so it’s a great opportunity for me. I have absolutely no regrets about that.

On Friday, when England travels to Malta for their Euro 2024 qualifying match, Eze might make his debut.

Eze responded, “Potentially,” when asked if he hoped to play for England this week.

“Being the best version of myself, accomplishing what I can, and doing well in my training are my key priorities. Gareth has to make that choice.

For a very long time, I have been working towards it. I’m glad it happened now since I can finally demonstrate my abilities and compete at this level.

In 38 Premier League appearances for the Eagles last season, Eze notched 10 goals and four assists. After Roy Hodgson took over for Patrick Viera for the remaining 10 games of the season, Eze continued to provide attacking contributions on a regular basis.

The 24-year-old has been a target for the three-time African champions in recent years. He trained with the Super Eagles prior to a postponed friendly match against Burkina Faso in March 2017.

Amaju Pinnick, the former NFF president, met with the player in London in 2019 as part of his increased efforts to convince him to change his international allegiance to Nigeria.

The Greenwich-born midfielder’s dream, however, came to an end after receiving his first-ever call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior England side.