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10 African-origin players who represent European countries


7. Kylian Mbappe

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  • Snubbed: Cameroon
  • Represents: France

The 20-year-old Paris Saint-Germain wonder kid’s father is Cameroonian and his mother is French.

His performances in 2017 attracted the attention of the Cameroon Football Federation who saw him as a future Lion and opted for him to play in 2017 AFCON, but French coach Didier Deschamps also had keen eyes for the kid which quickly embarked the young Cameroonian in the adventure of the Blues.

Despite Mbappe being called out couple of times for choosing to play for France instead of the country of his father’s origin, he didn’t make a mistake at all – with Cameroon he wouldn’t have added the World Cup trophy to his name.

8. Dele Alli

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  • Snubbed: Nigeria
  • Represents: England

His full name is Bamidele Jermaine Alli. He was born in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England to a Yoruba Nigerian father Kehinde Alli and English mother Denise Alli.

In the summer of 2016, Dele elected to stop wearing the name “Alli” on his match shirts because he felt no connection with the Alli family name (father’s name), instead opting for “Dele”. He chose to play for England over Nigeria and he proved to be essential for the Three Lions.


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