According to Nigerian website All Nigeria Soccer, 20-year-old QPR sensation Eberechi Eze was snubbed by Nigeria football coach Gernot Rohr last year.
The German manager overlooked the midfielder when with Nigeria in London last year, and the player has subsequently gone on to represent England under-20s.
This error by the manager can only benefit England. Eze has now committed himself to The Three Lions at age group level, and while he may still be legible to play for Nigeria, England should try and keep hold of him.
The 20-year-old has featured in every game this season for The Hoops, scoring three goals and registering one assist. He has flourished under former England manager Steve McClaren in a resurgent QPR team, and has therefore turned many heads from Premier League clubs.
Should the player be in the Premier League next season with a new club, or indeed with QPR, it will not be long before he starts attracting the attention of national manager Gareth Southgate. The progress of players such as James Maddison and even Mason Mount is an indication that the England manager is not shy of turning to young players that impress. That could easily be Eze in a matter of seasons.
Ultimately, this looks like a huge error by the Nigeria manager, but one that England can benefit from nonetheless. As QPR continue to climb up the Championship table, Eze will only attract more and more attention, leading Nigeria to regret this mistake of theirs all the more.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!