Former England U-17 international and Arsenal’s U-21 captain, Alex Iwobi, has chosen to play for Nigeria and not England.
Iwobi says his decision has been influenced by Nigeria’s former internationals, Austin Okocha and Kanu Nwankwo.
Iwobi, who also happens to be Okocha’s nephew has played for England at Under 16, 17 and 18 levels.
He has begun training with the national under-23 team and he is set to be capped by Samson Siasia, said former Nigerian greats Austin Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu made his to choose Nigeria ahead of England.
Iwobi, who has born in Nigeria, said: ‘Ordinarily I would have loved to play for England since I have played for all the under-aged teams up to the U-19,
‘But Austin Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu have influenced my decision to play for Nigeria.
‘My dad too has told me a lot of things about the honour and pride that goes with playing for Nigeria.
‘So I thought a lot about this and decided to play for Nigeria.’
However, Iwobi would always continue to be eligible to play for England until he plays a competitive match for the Super Eagles.