Nigerian winger, Michael Akpovie Olise has been called up to the Les Bleus U21 side ahead of Euro qualifiers.
The Crystal Palace teenager will link-up with the Bleuets at Under-21 level for the first time in his career after a sensational season so far in south London, Palace confirmed on their website on Thursday.
Olise has previously represented the French U-18 national team, with whom he played twice. However,the 19-year-old is still eligible to represent Les Bleus, England, Nigeria and Alergia. The playmaker was born in England to a Nigerian father and an Algerian-French mother, which makes him eligible for any of the four nations.
Former coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, once invited him to the Super Eagles for the last round of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), although he only made the standby list and not the main squad.
According to reports, the Super Eagles Interim Coach Augustine Eguavoen reportedly tried to convince Olise and his Crystal Palace teammate Eberechi Eze to switch allegiances when he paid a visit to the UK last month.
Olise will be hoping to face Faroe Islands on March 24th and Northern Ireland on March 28th, in Calais.
Since arriving in the summer, Olise has scored four goals and earned seven assists from 25 appearances, winning the club’s Player of the Month award twice, with the most recent in February.