Gareth Southgate has insisted that England are doing everything possible to prevent Ademola Lookman from playing for Nigeria.
Lookman is still eligible to play for Nigeria through his parents despite appearing for England’s U-19s, U-20s and U-21s.
He was a member of the Junior Lions who won the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup scoring three goals.
And Southgate remains confident they can keep the 20-year-old who had an impressive spell on loan at Germany’s RB Leipzig last season.
Southgate said: “I know every country is quite aggressive in their recruiting and I know they (Nigeria) have always had an interest in him, but he is playing and has been in our squads, the 20s, 21s.
“So in terms of encouragement through game time, we are doing as much as we possibly can.”
Lookman signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Everton from Charlton Athletic on 5 January 2017 for an undisclosed fee, reported as an initial £7.5 million potentially rising to £11 million with add-ons.