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Players Who Chose Europe Over Africa XI – Soccer Laduma


With international fixtures taking place next month, here is a starting line-up of players who snubbed Africa to play for European nations!


Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see a starting XI of stars who could have played for African countries!


France international Steve Mandanda was born in DR Congo, but chose to represent Les Bleus, making his debut in 2008. The goalkeeper is not, however, the only player in the gallery who could have played for Congo – Jose Bosingwa and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku both turned down the opportunity to present the African country.


Former Manchester United left back Patrice Evra was born in the Senegalese capital of Dakar, but also chose to represent France – a decision he has been criticised for throughout his successful career.


Germany international Jerome Boateng had the chance to play for Ghana, along with his step brother Kevin-Prince Boateng, while Italian striker Mario Balotelli also snubbed the African nation.


Angelo Ogbonna chose to play for Italy despite his Nigerian heritage, while Nani turned down Cape Verde to represent Portugal, a call that paid off when they won the 2016 European Championship in France last year.


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N’Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko chose France over Mali and Ivory Coast respectively, while Hatem Ben Arfa, who has been reprimanded for ill-discipline on occasion, snubbed the chance to represent Tunisia at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. 


Can you name any other European footballers who could have represented African nations? Let us know in the comments section below. 

Players Who Chose Europe Over Africa XI – Soccer Laduma

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