Alex Iwobi has revealed that before he committed his future to the Nigeria national team, England tried to get him to play for their u21s.
- Iwobi represented England up until an u18 level
- Winger has been capped 10 times for Nigeria
- 21-year-old was born in Lagos
- Claims he felt more comfortable with Nigeria
Iwobi played for England up until an u18 level. However, in 2015, he was approached by Nigeria, his place of birth, to represent then at a senior level despite only being a teenager at the time.
”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 U23s, 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 under-21s but my mind was made up. It’s my decision.”
Iwobi has gone on to play in 10 games for Nigeria and score once.
The 21-year-old’s breakthrough into the Arsenal first team no doubt helped his progression at an international level.
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.
While Iwobi still needs to develop and his game time seemed to peter out towards the end of last year, he’s still a huge prospect for the future.