Crystal Palace midfielder Eberechi Eze will likely leave Nigeria and join the England national team unless there is a sudden change of plans. Eze is being considered for a call-up to the Three Lions squad next month as England prepares to face Malta and North Macedonia in a European Championship qualifier in June.
The Daily Mail reports that Gareth Southgate has renewed his interest in Eze, although Nigeria is also vying for his commitment to their national team.
Eze, whose parents are Nigerian, is eligible to play for Nigeria, and the country has made numerous attempts to convince the 24-year-old to represent the Super Eagles. However, the midfielder has not made a final decision on his international future.
Under the guidance of Roy Hodgson, Eze has played a pivotal role in Crystal Palace’s successful campaign, helping the team avoid relegation by scoring six goals in seven matches.
Southgate has taken notice of Eze’s performances and believes he possesses the qualities to become a full-fledged England international. The Football Association (FA) has already compiled extensive scouting reports on Eze, and they were prepared to give him his first senior call-up in 2021. Unfortunately, Eze’s hopes were shattered by a serious Achilles injury.
Although Eze has recovered from his injury, he was included in Southgate’s provisional 55-man squad for last year’s World Cup in Qatar but did not make the final cut.
Eze faces intense competition in the attacking positions, as players such as Bukayo Saka, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount, and James Maddison are all vying for places in the England squad.