England are well-known to always scout for the best players to recruit for their national teams for all categories, as long as those players are eligible to represent the Three Lions at any stage. They want to continue that tradition after reports recently making the rounds are all confirming that they are trying to beat Nigeria to Fulham's talented youngster Michael Olakigbe.

Three years ago, Nigeria were very close to acquiring the services of the young star and were close to convincing him to pledge his allegiance to the Super Eagles national team, but according to recent reports, England have stolen the march in the race and are now the more likely candidates who the youngster will be playing for.

Olakigbe is a product of East Soccer Base Academy, a grassroots club, and following his fine performances, he was sent a call-up invitation by England to link up with the Young Lions at the Under-17 training camp. He eventually linked up with the young stars at the camp and prepared for a match against Watford's Under-17 youngsters.

He featured in the match and played a part as the Young Lions comfortable saw off the young Watford side. The match ended in a 2-1 victory for the young England side and the game was played at St George's Park earlier in the week.

The winger was a star performer for England as he provided the assist for his side's second goal which was slotted in beautifully by Kaide Gordon moments after making his way onto the pitch from the substitute's bench.
The young attacker who was born in 2004 has since been deliberating on which national team he will pledge his international career to, but it is expected that he chooses England over Nigeria as they look like the more serious side after a couple of meetings with him and his father.

Michael Olakigbe