SUPER EAGLES

One-time Nigeria invitee Michael Olise called up to France U-21 team

Olise who was close to switching his allegiance to England has made somewhat of a U-turn as he is named in the France U21 squad.

Michael Olise has been called up to the French Under 21 set up

Crystal Palace playmaker Michael Akpovie Olise has been handed a call up to France's Under-21 squad. Olise is enjoying a productive first season in England contributing four goals and seven assists to Crystal Palace's quest for a top-half finish.

The youngster has shown the maturity and skill needed to thrive at the highest level, and it led to a struggle for his allegiance.

Olise has previously represented the French U-18 national team, so the latest development is not surprising.

The playmaker was born in England to a Nigerian father and an Algerian-French mother, which makes him eligible for any of the four nations.

Former coach Gernot Rohr invited him to the Super Eagles for the last round of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), although he only made the standby list.

Current Super Eagles interim coach Augustine Eguavoen reportedly tried to convince Olise and his Crystal Palace teammate Eberechi Eze to switch allegiances when he paid a visit to the UK last month.

For now, there will be no Super Eagles call up for Olise, who will be focused on his matches with the Faroe Islands on March 24 and Northern Ireland four days later.

Topics:

More from category

Recommended articles

Luka Doncic dominates as Mavericks take down Warriors to avoid sweep in West Conference Finals

Todd Boehly set to complete Chelsea take over

Todd Boehly set to complete Chelsea take over

5 dramatic endings to the Final

5 likely scenarios in this year's final

5 likely scenarios in this year's final

Osimhen, Ighalo and Ndidi headline the top 10 most fashionable African players

Osimhen, Ighalo and Ndidi headline the top 10 most fashionable African players

How Calhanoglu played for the last two league winners and still never won a Scudetto himself

How Calhanoglu played for the last two league winners and still never won a Scudetto himself