Ex-Three Lioness Eni Aluko Credit: BBC

By Uche Dozie
Sport Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria


Leaving Nigeria as early as age six months, and spending virtually all her life in England, ex-Three Lionesses star Eniola Aluko, is more or less English than Nigerian.

The Lagos born and daughter of Ekiti State politician Gbenga Aluko, still holds her Nigerian root in high esteem.

Her likeness for where she was born is not in doubt.

“I was born in Lagos. I am Nigerian descent so British-Nigerian. I am very proud of my Nigerian background, both my parents are Nigerians”

”My mom is very hardworking when I was growing up, she worked very hard with me and my brother at the time. We have got a lot of Nigerian values instilled.” she said on an Instagram live chat.

With over hundred caps under her belt for the English national team, the ex-Chelsea star sees playing for England as a great privilege.

“I loved it, getting one cap for England was a privilege but to get 102 in 11 years is not something I expected at all, especially for me as a Nigerian”

“My brother played for Nigeria so choosing to play for England was something that made me proud and doing it for such a long time, scoring lots of goals, traveling the world, playing with people who are still my friends to this day, meant a lot to me.” The former Birmingham city striker said.

Rounding off her career at Juventus, the first class law degree holder currently works as the first Sporting Director of Aston Villa Women.

The agent cum pundit announced her retirement from football in January at 32 but has been involved in football matters strongly expressing her opinions on topical issues.

Aluko won 102 England caps and helped the Lionesses to third place at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, as well as playing five times for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.

She is England’s joint-10th most capped international, scoring 33 goals in 102 senior appearances.


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