SPORT:Why Iwobi chose Nigeria ahead of England – Wenger

Alex iwobi
Arsene Wenger says that the Football Association did not push hard enough to secure Arsenal ’s Alex Iwobi for the England national team .
As Standard Sport revealed when Iwobi made his competitive debut for Nigeria in March last year the FA made a late bid to secure the Arsenal forward ’s international future .
The 21 -year – old , who was born in Lagos but moved to London at the age of four, had come through the England youth setup , playing at Under -16 , U17 and U18 level but never featuring for the U21 s. Instead he opted to represent the Super Eagles when they first called him up in early October 2015 , several weeks before the youngster made his Arsenal debut .
“He had the potential to play for England and for Nigeria , ” Wenger told Arsenal Player . “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 has since made 12 appearances for Nigeria , scoring two goals , including the late winner against Zambia in October that secured his country ’s qualification for next summer ’ s World Cup finals .
“When I actually scored the moment was crazy , I remember running off celebrating ,” Iwobi said . “ I almost cried , I actually almost cried to see how the fans were reacting , to see my mum and dad in the stands, it was just an amazing feeling.”
“It’ s always an honour to wear the green , white and green, I mean I ’ve seen so many kids on the street when we ’re in the bus , they ’re screaming “go Nigeria , go Nigeria ”, so to represent them I ’m just proud .”


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