American journalist Zach Lowy urges Folarin Balogun to snub Nigeria to play for the US
American journalist and co-founder of BreakingTheLine, Zach Lowy, has urged Folarin Balogun to snub Nigeria and France to play for the US.
Balogun, who plays as a striker for Ligue 1 club Reims, on loan from Premier League club Arsenal, has taken Ligue 1 by storm. He has 15 goals in 24 games this season.
The 21-year-old, whose parents are from Nigeria, was born in New York City and emigrated to England when he was only two years old. He is eligible to represent Nigeria, the United States, and England.
Balogun has represented both England and the United States at the youth levels but is yet to make his senior appearance for any, meaning he is still eligible to play for the three times African champions.
With several calls for the forward to represent the Super Eagles, Lowy believes the youngster doesn’t stand a chance of playing regularly for Nigeria and should instead play for England.
“Folarin Balogun would be wise to choose the USA over England and Nigeria,” he wrote on Twitter.
“It’s highly unlikely that he’s going to be overtaking Harry Kane or Victor Osimhen anytime soon and it’s clear that he’s a massive upgrade over any of the USMNT’s current options at centre forward.
“With that being said, I’d expect Balogun’s scintillating form in Ligue 1 will make him believe he has what it takes to challenge for a spot in the England team ahead of Ivan Toney, Callum Wilson, Tammy Abraham or Ollie Watkins. At 21, the sky is the limit for him. Come on over Folarin, the water’s nice and warm.
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