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    Tuesday, 20 November 2018

    ‘Lookman wants to represent England’

    Ademola Lookman has pledged international career allegiance to England after holding face- to - face talks with Under - 21 head coach Aidy Boothroyd over persistent stories linking him to Nigeria .

    The Everton winger was part of the Under - 20 squad that won the World Cup in 2017 and he will have a significant role to play for the Under - 21 s next summer in Italy , as they bid to build on their promise and win Euro 2019 .

    However , Lookman has been the subject of concerted interest from Nigeria , whose manager Gernot Rohr is preparing for next summer ’ s Africa Cup of Nations and said three weeks ago that the Everton player ‘ wanted to change his mind so he can play for us as he will add something to our team’ .

    The Football Association have been aware of Nigeria ’ s interest in Lookman for some time , but Boothroyd spoke with Lookman , 21 , at St George ’ s Park last week and has been assured that he is committed to representing England .

    “Every time I see him I have a little joke with him about it , ” said Boothroyd, whose side faced Denmark in a friendly on Tuesday evening. “ I say : “ Why would you want to leave us , ” Boothroyd told dailymail. co . uk .

    “ But he ’ s very focused on England – that ’ s what he tells me. He says he wants to play international football for England . ”

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