Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has lifted the lid on why young midfielder, Alex Iwobi chose to represent Nigeria at senior level instead of England.
Wenger revealed that England’s reluctance to push for Iwobi influenced his decision to play for Nigeria.
Iwobi, who got his first cap for Nigeria in October 2015, had featured for the Three Lions’ youth sides.
Iwobi opted to don the Super Eagles’ white and Green – a decision Wenger said was made easier by England’s rather soft approach.
Wenger told Arsenal Player, “He had the potential to play for England and for Nigeria.
“Today he looks very happy with Nigeria. When I speak to him, he’s had very positive experiences.
“He brings his quality to Nigeria – he’s absolutely a creative player going forward. He’s very strong in small spaces and he’s starting to score goals as well.
“For a while it was open between England and Nigeria, and England didn’t really push for Alex during that period.
“Nigeria were more willing to have him. I’ve seen many times that sons of parents from Nigeria want to go back to their parents’ country.”
Iwobi netted the goal that sealed Nigeria’s sixth appearance at the World Cup against Zambia last month.
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