Ademola Lookman has spoken out about his Nigerian root as the battle to win his international future intensify between Nigeria and England.
Lookman spoke about his Nigerian roots in an interview with international magazine FourFourTwo, while discussing his rise from non league football to the Premier League.
Speaking to FourFourTwo magazine, the 19-year-old reveals his dream to play at the highest level was tough, but was determined to achieve his goal following the death of a team-mate when he was playing non-league football at Waterloo FC.
The teenage forward joined Everton in a deal worth in excess of £10m in January from League One side Charlton Athletic after being spotted playing in amateur leagues in South London.
But Lookman says his career could have easily gone in a different direction.
“My parents are from Nigeria and in our culture they want you to be an accountant or a lawyer,” Lookman said.
“I told them I was going to be an accountant but I was lying.
“I only ever wanted to be a footballer.”