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Tella dreams Eagles debut



Nathan Tella says it would be a dream come true to make his debut for Nigeria in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers next week.

The 24-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger was been named in the Super Eagles squad to face Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

Born in Lambeth, England, but eligible for Nigeria through his parents, his international future had been the subject of significant speculation since he first began to make an impression in the youth set-up at Arsenal.

“It’s always been about representing Nigeria,” Tella told BBC.

“My family will be over the moon to watch me fulfill that dream.

“I am proud of my British and Nigerian sides and lucky to have both backgrounds. Of course, we have both worlds, but ours is a proper Nigerian home (with) culture, food and tradition.”

Tella who joined Leverkusen in a reported £20m deal in August has helped his new side undefeated at the top of the German Bundesliga after 10 matches and his speed, dribbling and delivery into dangerous areas would, in theory, give the Eagles an added dimension in attack.

“The players in the squad are talented and to compete against them in order to represent a massive nation like Nigeria is the stuff of dreams,” Tella added.

“Nigeria is undoubtedly one of the biggest in African football and the passion of the fans is on a different level.”

Nigeria have succeeded in integrating England-born players like Ola Aina, Semi Ajayi, Joe Aribo and Ademola Lookman into the current squad, and it is expected that Tella will follow in the same vein.

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