Eze: I won’t rush to play for Eagles

Queens Park Rangers midfielder, Eberechi Eze, says he is not in a hurry to switch his allegiance to Nigeria.

The 21-year-old, who has Nigerian parents, has featured for England at the U-20 and U-21 levels.

He has however been linked with a switch to Nigeria after being pictured with President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, in December 2019.

Speaking on The Beautiful Game on YouTube, Eze said he would take a decision on his international future at the right time.

“I won’t make any decision on my international career until it is time, until I feel like it is right. I don’t want to make a rush decision, as much as it would be a privilege to play for either (Nigeria or England). It would be a great honour,” Eze said.

“I spoke to them (The NFF),” the midfielder added. “But again, I am just enjoying my football right now and I don’t want any added pressure on my mindset. I don’t want to focus on the wrong things. I want to focus on what has got me to this position, continue doing it and wherever it takes me, it takes me.”

Eze was invited to train with the Eagles in London in March 2017 ahead of the friendly against Burkina Faso along with fellow British-born players Ola Aina and Chuba Akpom.

Aina has gone ahead to play for the Eagles and was part of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations bronze-winning side, while Akpom announced his decision to switch allegiance to Nigeria September 2019.

Among other players who have gone ahead to play for Nigeria after featuring as youth levels for England are Sone Aluko, Victor Moses, Shola Ameobi and Alex Iwobi.