They're not listening — Ashleigh Plumptre tired of explaining why she chose Nigeria over England

Ashleigh Plumptre reiterates she is happy with the decision to play for Nigeria. (Photo Credit: Imago. Collage/Pulse Sports)

They're not listening — Ashleigh Plumptre tired of explaining why she chose Nigeria over England

Izuchukwu Akawor 06:23 - 24.08.2023

Nigeria's Ashleigh Plumptre has reiterated why she chose to play for the Nigeria Super Falcons instead of England but seems tired of making that point.

Super Falcons star Ashleigh Plumptre has again reiterated the idea behind her decision to play for Nigeria instead of England.

Plumptre was born in Leicester, England, but decided to represent Nigeria at international level after playing for England at youth level.

Plumptre and Super Falcons

The talented defender was cleared in December 2021 by the world football governing body, FIFA, to play for Nigeria in December 2021.

The decision of Plumptre to play for Nigeria received mixed reactions to start but now she is a fan favorite. (Chrisben Isichei)

Since she made her debut back in February 2022 against Ivory Coast, the former Leicester City star has become one of the most reliable players in the Nigeria Super Falcons.

She was one of the players who made the country proud at the recently finished FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFAWWC, in New Zealand and Australia.

Ashleigh Plumptre won 11 of 14 attempted aerial duels against England | Imago

The defender proved to be a reliable as the Super Falcons made history for Africa alongside South Africa and Morocco.

Plumptre played all the matches as the Falcons made it to the knockout stage at the FIFAWWC.

Super Falcons
The Super Falcons made Nigerians proud at the 2023 Women's World Cup | Imago

Nigeria’s journey to the round of 16 was against all odds after being drawn in a group that included co-hosts Australia and Canada, the Olympic champions.

The Falcons made it out of that group without defeat before bowing out in the first round of the knockout stage against European champions England.

Plumptre, Super Falcons left back after the game against England - Photo Credit || Imago

Despite a painful exit after a dominant and brace performance against the Lionesses, Plumptre and her defensive partners helped Nigeria keep three clean sheets in four matches at the FIFAWWC for the first time.

On England

Following an impressive display against the country of her birth which she relived during an appearance on the mixed-up podcast as monitored by Pulse Sports, Plumptre was asked again about the decision to play for Nigeria.

According to her, it was a need to discover heritage as she has pointed out on several occasions.

Ashleigh Plumptre in action for Nigeria's Super Falcons (PHOTO: Aflo Co Ltd/Alamy)

The defender noted that the game against the Lionesses proved to her she made the right decision.

“This is a decision that i wanted to take to discover more about my heritage,” she said on the podcast.

“Even after the world cup, people were saying ‘do you wish that you could change back to England now?’ and i am like ‘these people just don’t understand the reason, even though i have said it so many times.”

Ashleigh Plumptre has been one of Nigeria's standout performer at the FIFA Women's World Cup |
Ashleigh Plumptre is under no illusions she made the right decision to play for Nigeria. (Photo Credit: FIFAWWC/X)

Plumptre added that the FIFAWWC battle against England showed he she’s where she needed to be.

“They are not really listening to me in terms of the reason i joined Nigeria in the first place,” she added.

“When i finished that game against England. I honestly felt like i was exactly where i was meant to be.”

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