Despite representing England at under – 16, 17 and 18 level, Arsenal star, Alex Iwobi has pledge his international future to Nigeria, his country of birth.
The 19-year-old winger, who is the nephew of the Nigeria’s football legend, Jay-Jay Okocha, has burst onto the scene in recent weeks, scoring his first goal for Arsenal in the 2 – 0 win over Everton on Saturday.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has alerted Football Association, FA chiefs of Iwobi’s talents and discreet overtures have been made to gauge whether the forward would commit his future to England.
However, Iwobi has joined up with the senior Nigeria squad ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt this week.
According to FIFA rules, if the Iwobi joins the Super Eagles to play against Egypt, he would no longer be eligible to play for the Three Lions International. But the Mirror had suggested all hope is not lots despite him boarding a plan to join up with Nigeria this week.
“He has a choice, you know,” said Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger. “I think he has chosen Nigeria and we have to respect that. He travels Sunday to Nigeria, and will join up with them. We’ll see what stands in the way.
The Super Eagles’ manager Samson Siasia intends to field Iwobi in the encounter in a move that would cement the youngster’s allegiance to the African nation.
Iwobi has played in two friendlies for Nigeria but could still theoretically revert back to playing for England.
Recall: It wouldn’t be the first time England has mads attempts at signing potential talented players from Nigeria’s football clubs. Just recently Arsenal FC completed plans to sign up Nigeria’s Under-17 stars, Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze in £3milion deal with the Diamond Football Academy in Umuahia. Read More