Chelsea star, Ross Barkley’s State of origin in Nigeria REVEALED!
Prior to his debut against Moldova in a World Cup qualifier in 2013, then-Everton star Ross Barkley was eligible to turn out for the Super Eagles. The Liverpool-born attacking midfielder who now features for Chelsea FC, announced himself that Nigeria was one of the countries he could have represented apart from England before making his competitive debut for England senior squad.
Reports in the past suggested that Barkley’s eligibility for Nigeria was through his grandfather but it’s much closer than that. The attacking midfielder has a Nigerian father, Peter Effanga, who resides in Liverpool and worked at the Getrag Ford Transmission plant. Ross bears his mother’s maiden name Barkley because of a strained relationship with his dad who is of Ibibio extraction in Akwa Ibom State in the South-South region of Nigeria.
Ross Barkley is determined to prove his worth to Chelsea after a disappointing first season at Stamford Bridge and he’s certainly been impressing his team-mates in training. The 24-year-old midfielder started against Huddersfield and Arsenal in the Premier League.
Victor Moses claimed earlier this week that Barkley had been Chelsea’s standout player in training this season. ‘Everyone has been good, everyone is working hard but I’d say Ross Barkley,’ the Nigerian told Chelsea’s official website. ‘He had a big injury but he’s started the season really well and he’s working his socks off.’