Noni Madueke: Nigeria still in the race but England working closely

Noni Madueke: Nigeria still in the race but England working closely

May 3, 2021 0 By Ibiye Ambille

Noni Madueke interest in representing Nigeria is still open but England working very closely and could hand him a senior call up.


Is Noni madueke a Nigerian? Yes, the young attacking midfielder is of Nigerian descent, his full name Chukwunonso Tristan Madueke originates from the Eastern part of Nigeria (Igbo).


Can Noni madueke play for Nigeria? Yes through his parents who has Nigerian heritage.


Where was Noni madueke born? Noni Madueke was born in London, England.


Noni Madueke international stands still up in the air with Nigeria still hopeful of a commitment soonest even as England continue with its approach in the player.


Thanks to his impressive performance with PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie, Noni Madueke who is an attacking midfielder has developed into a world star within a short time.


However, the stance as it relates to his international future remains up in the air. This was the main reason England handed a call up to him for the U21 Euros.




This move has further cast doubts on Nigeria’s hopes of persuading him for the Super Eagles, the country’s senior national team ahead of crucial qualification games and some major tournaments coming soon.


For Madueke, he hasn’t quite thrown more of his efforts at his international engagement but has his focus on becoming a better footballer.


The Stats and his career so far

Started playing his football with the Tottenham Hotspur Youth development team, the young promising had to switch sides with PSV in a bid to guarantee himself first-team football in a short time.


Since moving to the Dutch Eredivisie side, he has enjoyed a fine across all competitions.


His first touch for the club was for the Reserve team, the Jong PSV as they are popularly known.


During this time, he had six appearances in total, scoring four goals in the process.


This form was a bit disturbing for the handlers of PSV Eindhoven senior side who had to quickly hand a promotion to the senior team that same year.


Moving to the senior team in 2019, Noni Madueke quickly establishing himself as a regular first-team player with a consistent performance which quickly sent signals across Europe.


In a total of 25 appearances for the senior team, he has scored over seven goals as an attacking midfielder which is a clear indication of consistency and individual brilliance on his part.

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Looking at his age, this huge and promising for him if he continues to consistent over time.


At least on the part of PSV, there’s a new rare gem in the picture even though he could still be lost to bigger European superpowers who are linked with the player according to some top transfer sources.


But as things stand currently, he remains a core part of PSV Eindhoven and is expected to remain with the club beyond the current season except there’s a last-minute decision to let him leave for amongst challenges.


For a player of his calibre, PSV Eindhoven appears to be the perfect match and the best place for him at the moment.


The style of play and Why he is in a house high demand in the transfer market


How did he grow up so fast to become one of the rare at PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie?


So far, he has been described as one of the fastest-growing footballers in European football with the high level of confidence he posses.


The 19-year old English born with Nigerian roots is a physically strong and left-footed midfielder with high goal-scoring abilities.


He can create goal-scoring chances and this has been the reason behind the increased transfer rumours about his departure from PSV Eindhoven.


The international future at the senior level still undecided


England was first to hand him a call up for the U21 youth setup ahead of some important games.


So far, he has represented his country of birth 21 times across all age grade Competitions including a single appearance for the U21 youth setup.


He made his debut for the English young lions in a surprise defeat to Portugal in the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.


The English nation aims at convincing the promising youngster to the English national team, “The Three Lions” in the nearest future.


Already impressed at the youth level, he could be handed a senior call up so as to prevent further competition.


He has scored a total of 21 goals at the various youth levels for England.

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Nigeria in focus

The Nigerian national team would like to have him for the upcoming FIFA World Cup QualifiersFIFA World Cup Qualifiers and the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon next year.


However, the current state of his international engagement appears to be in favour of the English nation.


Although as per publication on Soccernet. ng, the fast-rising attacking midfielder indicates a desire to play for Nigeria despite also having an english interest.


Meaning, he open to playing for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.


When asked about his international future, Noni Madueke prudently said he was open to playing for both countries without making a specific statement.



“I am only 18, so I have got to be open to everything. If I had a closed mindset, I would not be where I am now, so for sure I am open to both.


“We just have to see in the future what is best.” Said the player last year in an interview with The Sun Uk as cited by


The statement indicates he is currently on a divide and is not willing to commit at least not at the moment even he knows what to do next when it comes to his international future.


However, Nigeria still has more to fight for if they desire to land him. But how would this be a possible venture for the national team handlers?


The major thing Nigeria will offer Noni Madueke is a direct representation of the country at the senior level without time-wasting.


The history of o country’s national team in recent years is surrounded by young players including some of the big names like Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukweze, Alex Iwobi, etc.


What Noni Madueke offers Nigeria, the Super Eagles

There are so many advantages for Nigeria if he decides to play for the country.


At least, the attacking bite force in the midfield is not as strong as it were before and would add more to that.


With the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers already approaching, the country counts on his brilliant form to secure a place in the finals in Qatar next year.

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Although when it comes to attacking-minded players, the West African country boasts an array of players including Victor Osimhen, Simy Nwankwo, Paul Onuachu, and  Kelechi Iheanacho.


So far, these players have been unstoppable, scoring goals regularly in their respective clubs.


For Madueke, his role in the middle of the park would be very vital for the country.


The Super Eagles will take on the likes of Cape Verde Islands, Liberia and the Central African Republic on the road leading the to the World Cup finals in Qatar next year.


Transfers speculations some of the big clubs in Europe

The most recent transfer rumours are Borussia Dortmund’s interest in him even as the club consider a fine replacement for Jadon Sancho who could depart the club anytime sooner.


The comparison between Jadon Sancho and Noni Madueke is a bit closer and the German club have moved to identify this and would do everything possible to win the race for his signature.


Dortmund wants to ensure the position that would be left open by Jadon Sancho’s impending exit sees no opening and as a result, the young Englishman is the best option.


Led by Emeka Obasi, the Englishman could leave for a big money move.


But what still holds back the club from making advances up till this moment is the stance relating to the stay of his compatriot. If Sancho stays, he could be an alternative.


But the Englishman leaving, he would fill in the void left.


There are other big sides in Europe already watching the situation in the players camp in the Netherlands and could swing into actions in a bid to sign him.


The future and what it holds

Currently enjoying his football in the Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven, the future promises to be great for the young footballer.


However, there’s still more to be done if his aim is to be at the top in the nearest future. But what stops him from achieving these set target?


Noni Madueke is currently one of the hottest young stars on the planet right now.

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