The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have been faced with some news that the nation did not want to hear.
Eberechi Eze’s decent start of three brilliant goals and two assists in his debut Premier League season at 22, has been followed by talks of a career with the Three Lions of England.
The Crystal Palace attacking midfielder hit another stunning goal last weekend to help the Eagles to a 1-0 win over Wolves, leading coach Roy Hodgson to reveal that the Nigerian descendent has the ability to wear the famous white jersey of England.
"I would like to think that like Jack Grealish before him, whom I found myself in a situation of needing to speak to, to try to persuade him he was good enough to play for England and that he should perhaps give it a chance, I would certainly say the same to Eberechi Eze if I was in that sort of situation," Roy said via Sky.
"Is he ready at the moment? I wouldn't think so. I think there are so many players in his position and of his type, it would be very bold of me to suggest he could go in front of them.
"He is a member of the under-21 side and I would like to think and hope he keeps his position there and that he keeps improving and keeps in the eye line of Gareth Southgate and the other England coaches while he is working there,” added the former England coach.
In the meantime, Palace are travelling to the North East of England to meet Newcastle on Tuesday night.