Former AFC Wimbledon striker, John Fashanu says he will attempt to persuade England youth international Bamidele Alli to boycott England at full international level and feature for Nigeria.
The highly-rated teenager, who has played a pivotal role in MK Dons’ bid to return to the Championship, signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur on winter transfer deadline day but was immediately loaned back to the League One side for the rest of the season.
“I sincerely believe in years to come he will be a top prospect and Nigeria, from what I will tell him, will be his best bet at being a global international star,” Fashanu, who ironically opted to play for England over Nigeria in the late 80’s and ended up with only two caps, told ITV.
The 18-year-old midfielder has scored 13 goals in 29 league appearances for MK Dons so far. His ability as a reliable team player has been crucial at both U-17 and U-19 levels for England, but could still feature for Nigeria at senior international level.
“I will be speaking to some people at MK Dons to help patch me through to Alli. We can’t afford to lose such a talented kid to England, it’s better we put up a fight than to let him go, I will do my best to persuade him to switch allegiance,” Fashanu, 52, said.
Monday night’s 2-1 defeat at Bradford City denied Coach Karl Robinson’s side a chance to go top of the Football League table and now trail leaders Bristol City by five points with 56 points from 29 matches.