Arsenal star Alex Iwobi chose Nigeria over England ‘for the Fans’

“I’m very proud to represent Nigeria but I would like to say thank you to England for the chance they gave me, it was a difficult decision.

“The love Nigeria showed me, when I played for them in a friendly, the fans were just crazy. The fans almost eat you up because they love you so much. I’m enjoying playing for them.”

Iwobi has shone in recent weeks after breaking into the Arsene Wenger’s first-team, scoring against both Everton and Watford in the Premier League.

The 19-year-old was eligible to play international football for both England and Nigeria.

He represented England at youth level, but has decided to play for the country of his birth, taking part in Nigeria’s African Nations Cup double-header against Egypt last month. And he has now revealed he’s happy with his decision.

“It was a difficult decision picking Nigeria over England,” he told Arsenal’s official website.

“England did contact me recently before I played my first competitive match for Nigeria, asking if I wanted to play for England.

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