“My mother sometimes speaks to me in Yoruba and it’s important to me,” said the 21-year-old striker with six goals and two assists this season.
The 21-year-old who played for England from U17 to U21 level, scoring six goals in 11 games for the latter, is eligible to play for England’s Three Lions, the United States Men’s National Team and the United States Super Eagles. Nigeria. .
Balogun was born in New York in the US and emigrated to England when he was two years old, growing up in London. His parents were born in Nigeria.
England, Nigeria or the United States?
“Most of all I feel English, but I also have an American side, because I have family in New York and I love to go,” said the Reims striker. in an interview with L’Equipe.
“I have my grandmother and my cousins in Lagos, Nigeria, although I haven’t been there since I was very young. My mother sometimes speaks to me in Yoruba and it is important to me.”
“Like my future at club level, I don’t close any doors regarding the international team. All options remain open.”
As well as playing for England grade teams, Balogun has also appeared four times for the United States U18 team, scoring twice in four appearances.
Sixth top scorer in Ligue 1
Known for his pace, technique and being bipedal, the youngster has scored six goals and provided two assists in 10 games for Reims this season.
His account leaves him sixth in the table of top scorers in the French league behind Neymar, Terem Moffi, Kylian Mbappe, Jonathan David and Florian Sotoca.