England squads : Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace starlets among 9 Nigeria-eligible players called up

Published: March 17, 2023
 England squads : Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace starlets among 9 Nigeria-eligible players called up

The English Football Association announced the Young Lions rosters on Friday ahead of international matches later this month, with nine Nigeria-eligible players getting invites.


In-form Arsenal loanee Folarin Balogun is set to add to his international caps at youth level for England having been named in the England U21 squad for two matches on home soil against fellow U21 EURO finalists France and Croatia.


Joining Balogun in the squad for the friendlies at the King Power Stadium and Craven Cottage is Chelsea winger Noni Madueke. 


For the U20 age group, five Nigeria-eligible players have been called up, namely Brentford's Daniel Oyegoke, Chelsea's Carney Chukwuemeka, Aston Villa loanee Tim Iroegbunam, Southampton's Sam Edozie and goalkeeper Owen Goodman, who snubbed an invitation to train with the Flying Eagles before the U20 AFCON.


England U20s will take on Germany in a friendly at the Manchester City Academy Stadium on Wednesday, March 22, followed by games against United States (March 25) and France (March 28) at the Marbella Football Centre in Spain.


Crystal Palace midfielder David Ozoh has received a maiden call-up to the Young Lions. 


The Valencia-born player is in contention to make his debut for England U18s in upcoming matches against Croatia (March 22), Belgium (March 24) and Switzerland (March 27).


Leeds United defender James Debayo has also been named in the 23-player group selected by head coach Neil Ryan.  


Nine Nigeria-eligible players called up by England


1) Folarin Balogun (Stade De Reims, loan from Arsenal) - U21

2) Noni Madueke (Chelsea) - U21

3) Daniel Oyegoke (Brentford) - U20

4) Carney Chukwuemeka (Chelsea) - U20

5) Sam Edozie (Southampton) - U20

6) Tim Iroegbunam  (Queens Park Rangers, loan from Aston Villa) - U20

7) Owen Goodman (Crystal Palace) - U20

8) David Ozoh (Crystal Palace) - U18

9) James Debayo (Leeds United) - U18



Ifeanyi Emmanuel


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