London - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has advocated that winger Alex Iwobi’s choice of representing Nigeria ahead of England at international level should be respected.
19 year-old Iwobi has represented England at under-16, 17 and 18 levels, and England still believes he could play for the Three Lions despite featuring in two friendlies for the Super Eagles.
The nephew of former Super Eagles and Bolton captain Jay-Jay Okocha, was the first foreign based player to arrive in Nigeria on Sunday for two 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier fixtures against Egypt, and Wenger said his decision should be respected.
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“He played for the England youth teams for a while. And after that, the U19s didn’t play him. No, they didn’t pick him. He has not played in the under-19s, basically, and he has a choice, you know,” he said on Independent.
“I think he has chosen Nigeria and we have to respect that. He travels Sunday to Nigeria, and will join up with them. We’ll see what stands in the way. Already the Africa Cup of Nations was in January, so when the players have a choice.”
Iwobi is expected to bring his current good form to bear against Egypt in Kaduna on Friday and in Alexandria four days later.
If Iwobi plays against Egypt, a competitive fixture, he
would no longer be eligible to play for the Three Lions, according to FIFA
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