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As the England- Nigeria kicked off at the Wembley Stadium, every move by Tottenham Hotspur and England Striker Bamidele Alli at Wembley, was jeered by Nigerian fans at the stadium.

It was not for poor skill display or any unsportmanly attitude by the player, the reason is easily hinged on Alli opting to play for England rather than Nigeria where his parents come from.

Alli has made several appearances at U17 and U18 levels for England. He made his debut for England U19 in the 1–1 draw against Germany U19. In the match, Alli assisted the opening goal feeding a through ball to Bradley Fewster who gave England a 1–0 lead

Three years ago, John Fashanu tried to convince him for Nigeria. But on Nigeria’s independent day in 2015, Alli was included in England’s squad for UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Estonia and Lithuania.


He made his debut for England on 9 October 9, 2015, coming on as a late substitute for Ross Barkely in a 2–0 win

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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