Nigeria and Arsenal football striker Alex Iwobi has revealed why he chose to play for Nigeria over England.
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.
“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.
“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.
“When you are getting out of the airport there are fans already there screaming ‘Arsenal, Arsenal. Gunners for life!’ and it’s just mad.
“Some of them have Arsenal shirts and then others will ask me for Arsenal shirts. It’s a bit mad and the fans are crazy.”