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Nigeria: Peter Crouch keen to represent the Super Eagles

Amidst rumours of Harry Redknapp's arrival, the former England striker appears keen to switch nationality and turn out for the West African giants!

Peter Crouch looks set to be the next England-born player to turn out for Nigeria’s Super Eagles…at least if his latest cheeky tweet is to be believed.

The former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur striker responded to rumours that the Nigeria Football Federation are considering a move to recruit Harry Redknapp to replace Gernot Rohr by throwing his hat into the ring for an international switch!

“So excited to get my Nigerian passport through today,” Crouch tweeted on Tuesday. “Go Super Eagles.”

Unfortunately for any Nigeria fans hopeful of the 39-year-old forward coming out of retirement to don the famous green of the Super Eagles, Fifa guidelines outline that players who represent one nation in competitive fixtures are not allowed to switch nationality.

This would prevent 42-cap ex-England man Crouch from ever turning out for his beloved Super Eagles!

Peter Crouch

@petercrouch

So excited to get my Nigerian passport through today #gosupereagles 👍🏻

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10:45 AM - May 26, 2020
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The 73-year-old, who was recently a guest on Crouch’s podcast, has been tipped for a return to management as the unlikely successor to Rohr should the Franco-German coach fail to agree terms on a new deal.

Redknapp hasn’t been in a managerial post since leaving Birmingham City in 2017, and despite working with some of Africa’s biggest names during his career, has no experience of working in African football.

Ed Dove@EddyDove

So when Crouch's Fifa switch to represent the @NGSuperEagles is cleared, who would you most like to see him up top with for Nigeria?

Crouch and Osimhen, Crouch and Ighalo, Crouch and Musa!?

🇳🇬🦅🇳🇬🦅https://twitter.com/petercrouch/status/1265338304209342467 

Peter Crouch

@petercrouch

So excited to get my Nigerian passport through today #gosupereagles 👍🏻

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7:41 AM - May 27, 2020
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Crouch’s tweet also pokes fun at Redknapp’s reputation for regularly recruiting the same players time and time again, and the former Stoke City frontman isn’t the only player who’s been signed on several occasions by the fabled ‘wheeler dealer’.

The likes of Jermain Defoe, Niko Kranjcar and Sandro are just some of the players who worked with Redknapp at multiple clubs, with the manager often inspiring great loyalty within his players.

The former West Ham United wideman also got the best out of some of Nigeria’s greatest stars; he was responsible for bringing Ayegbeni Yakubu to the Premier League with Portsmouth, while he also oversaw Nwankwo Kanu’s Indian summer at the same club.

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