Arsenal striker Alexander Iwobi has made his international debut for Nigeria, which ends any chance of England convincing him to represe...
Arsenal striker Alexander Iwobi has made his international debut for Nigeria, which ends any chance of England convincing him to represent them in the future.
The 19-year-old’s breakthrough has been one of the highlights of Arsenal’s season, and there were reports that England representatives were attempting to convince him to choose them over Nigeria.
Would Also Like Thank You To England For Giving Me The Chance To Represent Them ✌🏽️— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) March 25, 2016
And Iwobi appears to have confirmed those rumours, posting on Twitter that he would like to thank England ‘for giving me the chance to represent them’. That came after he came on as a second half substitute in Nigeria’s game with Egypt. The game finished 1-1 as Egypt scored a late equaliser, but Iwobi was still delighted to have made his international bow.
Unlucky Not To Win But Happy To Have Made My Competitive Debut For Nigeria #SuperEagles— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) March 25, 2016
Big things are expected of Iwobi and Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho, with Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel saying they are ‘the future’ of the national side.
“It’s amazing to see these young players coming through – Iwobi and Iheanacho – they’re doing great for their clubs and I think they are the future of this Super Eagles,” said Chelsea midfielder Mikel.
“We have got a right blend now of older and younger players. I think it is always good to have this balance with young players so that they can learn and grow fast in the game.
“It’s quite different playing in the national team and playing in the clubs so it’s good for them to start early. In years to come I think we will see them do well.”