Crystal Palace’s Olise shuns Nigeria, picks France

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Michael Akpovie Olise, who plays professional football for Crystal Palace, has picked France as his country of choice for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers.

Olise is born to a Nigerian father and a French-Algerian mother. He is eligible to represent France, Algeria, England or Nigeria internationally.

Speaking about Olise, England U21 coach, Lee Carsley said “You cannot force anyone and I try to stay away from capping someone just to stop them doing something else. It is not something I would want to do.

“We have a responsibility to not just cap a player and then restrict their future. We always want to provide a real connection, so they enjoy representing England.

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“We made Crystal Palace and the player aware that we were interested and he has chosen to go to France and that is his prerogative.”

The young chap was a target for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), with the former technical adviser, Gernot Rohr naming him in an expanded squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

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