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England challenge Ireland for Southampton whiz Obafemi, West Ham defender Rice

Southampton whizkid Michael Obafemi is attracting major international interest.

Obafemi, who made his Premier League debut in Sunday's draw with Tottenham, qualifies for the Republic of Ireland.

But the Irish Independent says he also has dipped his toe in the English set-up by participating in a couple of training camps and he's a genuine target for Nigeria, the birth country of his parents.

Declan Rice's ascent for West Ham United this season means the English FA, including Gareth Southgate, intend testing the loyalty of the Londoner to Ireland by tabling an invitation when they deem opportune. While Obafemi doesn't feature in the top tier of targets, his name and potential is well known at St George's Park.

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