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Alex Iwobi Explains Decision to Choose Nigeria Over England at Senior Level

Alex Iwobi

Nigerian midfielder Alex Iwobi has clarified why he chose to represent the West African giants at senior level over England.

Iwobi, a former Arsenal star, progressed through Arsenal’s youth ranks and played for England at U16, U17, and U18 levels before committing to Nigeria.

He made his competitive debut for Nigeria against Egypt in an African Cup of Nations qualifier on March 25, 2016.

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The midfielder, who previously played for Everton and moved to Fulham last summer, explained that while he was treated well by the English Football Association, he opted to play for the Super Eagles due to his Nigerian heritage.

“I wouldn’t say I have any regrets. I’d like to say I respected England, they gave me a lot of opportunities and I was able to do them proud,” he said in an interview with Hotsports Nigeria.

“But I feel more at home with Nigeria. I feel this is where I’m at home and where I represent, like my family, everyone. I’ve grown up in a Nigerian culture so I’d say that I have no regrets picking Nigeria over England

“I’ve been here for a while now and I’m familiar with the team. Even from the first time I came here they always made me feel welcome.

“I’m always enjoying myself not just when we are playing matches but in training. In the camp it’s like one big family so it makes it easier for me to express myself and join in.

“I’m enjoying my time and hopefully there’s more years to come as well.”

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