Manchester City Striker Pledges International Future To Germany Ahead Of Nigeria, England
Published: March 16, 2019
Manchester City Striker Pledges International Future To Germany Ahead Of Nigeria, England
Manchester City-owned starlet Lukas Nmecha has ended speculation about his international future by accepting to play for Germany, the German Football Association (DFB) confirmed on Friday, March 15.

The 20-year-old, who is spending this season on loan at Preston North End, has received a call-up from Germany U21 manager Stefan Kuntz ahead of forthcoming matches against France and England.

Lukas Nmecha was among four players of Nigerian descent named to the24-man group, the others being Hertha BSC's Jordan Torunarigha, VfL Wolfsburg's Felix Uduokhai and Erzgebirge Aue's Emmanuel Iyoha.

The Hamburg-born Nmecha looks set to make his debut for Germany after previously featuring for England youth teams.

Joti Chatzialexiou, Sports Director National Teams disclosed that they have requested for a one-time change of association, meaning Nmecha would be tied to Germany for life if the request is granted by Fifa.

''Lukas Nmecha declared his interest to play for his country of birth, Germany, to us. We would like to fully support the player with this intention, ''

''Consequently, we sent an urgent appeal to FIFA regarding a switch in nationality so that he can play for Germany U21s.

''Regardless of whether this decision is approved or not, this international break provides Lukas with the opportunity to get to know his teammates.''

Lukas Nmecha had played competitive matches for England U17 and U19 National Teams in the past and will be hoping to make an impact for Germany ahead of this summer's U21 EURO.

Ifeanyi Emmanuel

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