Rangers star eligible for three countries makes decision and get called up
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Rangers star eligible for three countries makes decision and get called up

Rangers star Calvin Bassey, who is eligible to represent three countries at international level, has chosen Nigeria.

The powerful left-back, who moved to Ibrox in the summer of 2020 from Leicester City, was born in Italy and is also eligible for England.

Bassey has improved significantly since joining Rangers. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

However, he’s been called up by Nigeria for a pair of World Cup Qualifiers against the Central African Republic.

The first fixture is due to take place in Lagos on Thursday 7 October, before Gernot Rohr’s squad travel to Bangui for a return fixture three days later.

Two other Rangers stars, Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo, have also made the squad.

Bassey hadn’t represented England, Italy or Nigeria at youth international level but this maiden call-up is a reward for strong early-season form at Ibrox.

He has made seven appearances in all competitions, registering two assists, and was picked for Rangers’ last two matches ahead of established Croatia international Borna Barisic.

The Rangers star is eligible to represent three countries but appears to have finally chosen Nigeria. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The 21-year-old is also capable of playing at centre-back and he’s likely to be deployed in that role against Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday evening, as Connor Goldson is unavailable, Filip Helander is injured and Jack Simpson is ineligible.

Nigeria are currently top of their World Cup Qualifying group, which contains Liberia, Cape Verde and their upcoming opponents Central African Republic, after winning their opening two matches.

One of Bassey’s Rangers teammate’s received a call-up of his own earlier this week as he eyes an historic achievement with his national team