Nigeria's Hope dashed as Future Goalkeeper gets England Invitation

Owen Olamidayo Goodman

Nigeria’s Super Eagles hope of solving its goalkeeping nightmare with the promising 19year-old England-based Nigerian kid sensation, Owen Olamidayo Goodman, may not come through as the lad has been invited to the England’s U-20 national team ahead of the U-20 World Cup.

The goalkeeper, who was born in the United Kingdom, to a Nigerian mother and British father, is one of the two goalkeepers invited to the 22-member England team by Technical Director John McDermott.

The kid sensation, who recently penned a new deal with his U-21 Crystal Palace club, is expected to report to the national team camp on Sunday along with other players.

The team is expected to play three friendly matches before the departure for the 23rd edition of the U-20 World Cup in Indonesia scheduled for May 20 to June 11, 2023.

Preparation for the summer tournament will see England play France, USA and Germany.

The English fans will have the opportunity to see some of the most exciting young players in the country when the U-20 take on Germany at the Manchester City Academy Stadium on Wednesday, March 22 (7.30pm GMT kick-off).

The squad will then head to the Marbella Football Centre in Spain to take on the USA (Saturday, March 25) and France (Tuesday, March 28) as preparation for this summer’s tournament ramps up.

Goodman has been the first-choice keeper for Paddy McCarthy’s Under-21 this season, keeping three clean sheets in 12 games.

Goodman is a man spoilt with choice when it comes to his international football career.

He can represent Canada, Nigeria and England for his international career.
A young goalkeeper with a clear head and directions recently opened up on how he will arrive at a decision.

“Whoever calls me first, I will honour the invite,” he said.

When pushed further on the possibility of Nigeria, Owen gave an emphatic answer.
“I will be glad to play for my country (Nigeria) if I get the opportunity I will grab it,” he declared.

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