Zimbabwe are reportedly trying to convince Reiss Nelson to play for them instead of England.
Reiss is eligible for Zimbabwe through his father, but he’s currently playing in the England u19s. According to The Zimbabwe Mail, the Zimbabwe team manager is trying to contact Nelson about switching allegiances.
Manager, Wellington Mupandare explained: “Yes, we are interested in Nelson, but we are still trying to establish contact with him, so I can’t say much at the moment.
“We know that the player is highly rated in England, and it will be difficult, but we will try our best.”
Nelson could look to Iwobi, who played year-after-year for the England youth teams, then switched to Nigeria when it was time for senior action. Alex recently scored the goal to send his country to the World Cup, and I’m sure he doesn’t have any regrets right now.
Then again, maybe it’s different for Reiss.
Unlike Iwobi, the 17-year-old was born in England, and he has an English mother. You can understand why Iwobi, with a Nigerian family, being born in Nigeria, might feel his roots are there. But for Nelson, the picture is more mixed, perhaps even favouring England slightly.
For now, Nelson is playing for the England u19s, as mentioned, which is already an older age bracket than Iwobi ever made it to.
The young lions won 6-0 on Wednesday, and Nelson lined up alongside fellow Arsenal stars Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock on the night, with Red Ed scoring four.
If the trio stay together and keep winning matches, you could certainly see that having an impact on his decision as well.