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10 English Players Of Nigerian Descent (Photos)

1. Rashid Yussuff

Rashid Olatokunbo Yussuff is an English professional soccer player.

Yussuff is of Nigerian descent but was born in Poplar, London on 23 September 1989.

2. Osaze Urhoghide

Osaze Urhoghide is a 21-year-old English football player who plays for the English club, Celtic, as a right-back or centre-back.

Urhoghide was born on 4 July 2000 in the Netherlands to parents of Nigerian descent. He moved with his parents to England at the age of five.

In 2018, Urhoghide signed his first professional contract with AFC Wimbledon, and spent three years with the club before he was signed by his current club, Celtic.

3. Joshua Umerah

Joshua Chukwudinma Umerah is a 24-year-old English professional football player.

He is currently playing as a forward for National League club, Wealdstone, and he is of Nigerian descent.

4. Arinse Uade

Obasiarinse Idehaloise Uade is an English footballer of Nigerian descent who plays as a defender.

He made history last year by becoming the first Englishman to sign a football contract in Uruguay in the professional era.

He started his football career with the amateur club, Norsemen, before joining the Academy at Arsenal in 2008.

When he was back in England, he joined Ilkeston Town in January 2015. Eleven months later, he was signed by Norwich City on a deal until the end of the season.

In March 2019, Uade joined the Finnish club, RoPS. However, before making any appearances for RoPS, Uade made history by becoming the first Englishman to sign a contract in Uruguay in the professional era when he joined Uruguayan club, Rampla Juniors. He left the club the following month without making a competitive appearance.

5. Fikayo Tomori

Born on 19 December 1997, Fikayo Tomori is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for the club, AC Milan, and the England national team.

Tomori was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Nigerian parents. Growing up, his footballing role model was Thierry Henry.

Tomori has an eligibility to play for Nigeria, Canada or England at international level. He was capped for the England senior squad in 2019. He made his football debut for the England national team in a qualifying match against Kosovo for the 2020 UEFA Euro.

6. Nathan Temitayo Tella

Nathan Adewale Temitayo Tella is an English footballer. He is currently playing as a midfielder for the club, Southampton.

Nathan was born on 5 July 1999 in Steverage, England, and he is of Nigerian descent.

He played for Arsenal, Norwich City, before joining Southampton four years ago in April 2017.

7. Richard Akinfolarin Taylor

Richard Akinfolarin Taylor is an English professional currently playing as a defender for Southend United.

Born on 2 October 2000 in Hackney, London, Taylor is of Nigerian descent.

He started his professional football career at Burnley. Two years ago in 2019, Taylor was signed by the club, Southend United, after impressing for the club on trial. He made his debut for the club in a winning match against AFC Wimbledon. He joined National League side, Barnet, on loan for a month early this year.

8. Matthew Sorinola

Matthew Alexander Sorinola is a 20-year-old English professional soccer player who plays as a wing-back for the Belgian club, Union SG.

Sorinola was born on 19 February 2001 in Lambeth. He is of Nigerian descent.

9. Femi Seriki

Oluwafemi Ibrahim Seriki is an English professional footballer who plays as a wing-back for the English club, Sheffield United.

He was born on 28 April 2002 in Manchester, England, and he is originally from Nigeria.

Seriki is a product of Bury's academy and had a couple appearances on their bench before Bury left the English football league in 2019. He was signed by the Premier League side, Sheffield United, in 2019. He made his professional debut with Sheffield United in a match against Newcastle United three months ago.

10. Bukayo Saka

Bukayo Saka is a 19-year-old professional English player currently playing as a winger, left-back or midfielder for the English club, Arsenal, and the England national team.

Born in Ealing, London to Nigerian parents, Saka was educated at Edward Betham Church of England Primary School and Greenford High School, where he passed out with distinctions.

He began his football career with the armature club, Greenford Celtic, before joining Arsenal's Hale End academy in 2008 at the age of seven. He was signed to Arsenal senior team in 2018 at the age of 16. He came third in the vote for the Arsenal Player of the Season award in the 2019 to 2020 season. Five months ago, he made his 50th Premier League appearance for Arsenal in a draw match against Burnley. He is the second youngest player in club history to reach that milestone. Four months ago, he scored a goal and helped Arsenal claim victory over Slavia Prague in the quarter final of the Europa League. After his superb performance, he was named the Europa League Player of the Week.

Saka represented England at various youth levels, and due to his stellar performance, he was called up to the England senior squad for the first time in October last year. He made his international debut as one of the starters in a winning match against Wales.

Two months ago, he was included in the England senior squad for the 2020 UEFA Euro. He scored his first senior international goal in a friendly match against Australia. He started in England's third Euro 2020 group stage match on 22 June against the Czech Republic, and was named the man of the tournament.

Last month, in the final of the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament against Italy, he appeared in the match as a substitute for Kieran Trippier. However, following full time and extra time, Saka was chosen to take the team's fifth penalty during the subsequent shoot-out, his first penalty kick at senior level. Unfortunately, Saka's penalty shoot was saved by the Italian goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma, and, as a result, Italy won the shoot-out and the tournament. Saka was racially abused online after missing the penalty.

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