The 21-year-old, who enjoyed a massively successful loan spell at RB Leipzig towards the end of last season, has yet to make a senior appearance for the Three Lions, and has been courted by Gernot Rohr’s side for some time now.
Lookman qualifies for the Super Eagles through his father, as does Dominic Solanke, who is also expected to make a decision on whether he wishes to represent the African nation.
Whereas Lookman has only represented England at youth level, Liverpool forward Solanke has already been capped for Gareth Southgate’s senior side. As it was a friendly, however, this will not inhibit his decision to switch, should he make.
Speaking to The Guardian Nigeria, Rohr said: “Ademola Lookman and Solanke are not convinced. They have not made up their minds so we will allow them to decide.
“We will go back to them later, but we cannot force anybody to play for us. It is very important decisions for them to make.”
He also added that the process can be complicated, as shown by Chelsea full-back Ola Aina’s decision to move over: “In Ola’s case it took eight months because in UK four federations in the country must decide.”
The issue of international allegiance can be a complicated one that must ultimately come down to what the player feels to be right, both in terms of their identity and their career prospects. In Lookman’s case, if he felt that his eligibility to represent Nigeria was justified then the switch could prove to be a very fruitful one for the Everton winger. The Super Eagles have a young, exciting squad that boasts the likes of Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho amongst its ranks, and there’s no doubt that Lookman could be a valuable addition to the national team setup for years to come. The other way to look at the matter is whether or not Lookman has a chance of representing England, should he want to. Arguably, the English youth system has never looked brighter than it does right now, and over the next few years you would expect competition for places in the national side to be tough. Lookman has proven however, especially during his stint in Germany with RB Leipzig, that he has the potential to be a massive talent, and with a decent run in the Everton side an England call-up does not look like an impossibility.