Nigeria international and Arsenal star, Alex Iwobi, who scored the goal that secured Nigeria’s World Cup ticket has revealed in an interview with South African website, soccerladuma, why he chose Nigeria over England.
The 21-year-old made his Nigeria debut in October 2015 and has since been capped 14 times scoring four goals in the process.
Iwobi was born in Nigeria but moved to England at the age of four. He came through Arsenal’s youth academy and represented the Three Lions at U16, U17 and U18 levels. However, at senior level he opted to switch allegiance the African side and has recently told explained why.
“I was growing up in England and England was the only national team I knew, so I was actually very pleased to play at national level,” he said in an exclusive interview published in this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma.
“However, my family are all from Nigeria, I was born in Nigeria, my uncle (Jay-Jay Okocha) is a legend in Nigeria.
“That’s why I thought I would give it a chance. That’s why I went to the U23s and somehow felt more welcome, and I thought it’s where I belong, so I made the decision to switch.”
Iwobi made his senior debut for Arsenal in October 2015, and has since represented the Gunners 68 times.