Friday, 19 April 2013 06:34
EVERTON midfielder Ross Barkley is illegible to play for the Super Eagles after the England youth international revealed that his father is a Nigerian.
Barkley, 19, came through the Everton youth ranks and has represented England at the Under-16, 17, 19 and 21 levels. Currently out on loan to Championship side Leeds, United, Barkley qualifies to represent Nigeria through his dad Peter Effanga.
Mr Effanga lives in Liverpool where he works at the Getrag Ford Transmission plant but apparently Barkley and his dad have an estranged relationship, which led to him taking his mother's surname. With four U21 caps under his belt and his gradual development, at Everton, Barkley is seen as a future England prospect.
Despite being eligible to play for Nigeria, the player has not indicated that he is interested in donning the Super Eagles green-white-green. Barkley has never been to Nigeria, so does not have the same attachment to the Super Eagles that say Victor Moses who grew up in the country would have.
Barkley who grew up in the Wavertree area of Liverpool won the Liverpool Echo Cup as a schoolboy in 2008 at Anfield, captaining his Broadgreen International School and scoring two goals in the final. He also helped England win the 2010 European Under-17 football championship with two goals en route to the final where England beat Spain 2–1.
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