Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi has reaffirmed that it has always been on his mind to represent Nigeria despite pressures he received from England.
Iwobi who was born in Nigeria before his family relocated to England has played for the junior three Lions of England up to Under-18 level. And already pressures mounted on him to play for England’s senior team.
The player told daily cannon: “Originally I’m from Nigeria. I always felt comfortable there. It was a hard decision because I’d played for England but I felt more at home there,” Iwobi said .
“When I first went they treated me like royalty. For the U-23s, like a king. It’s a big thing there.
”As I was about to play my first match (for Nigeria) Roy Hodgson was in contact with Arsenal saying they’d like me to get involved with the U-21s but my mind was made up. It’s my decision,” he said.
Iwobi has gone on to be an important player for the Super Eagles. He scored his first goal in the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Ndola.
The winger’s now made 59 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal’s first team since 2015.
Last season, the young forward even managed to score three and assist four in 26 Premier League appearances.
Iwobi has made 10 caps for Nigeria scoring 1 goal.