Iwobi doesn’t regret Nigerian decision

Despite being eligible to play for both Nigeria and England, Alex Iwobi chose the former and says he has "no regrets" over his decision.

Although the Arsenal player started his international career with England, playing with the country at youth level, he ruled himself out of contention for the senior team when he elected to play for Nigeria.

Iwobi made his debut for the Super Eagles when he came on as a substitute in Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt.

The 19-year-old says he does not regret his decision which he came to after speaking with his father, Chuka.

He told The Sun: "I understand why some England fans are surprised with my decision.

"It was a difficult one to make, one I thought very carefully about. I have no regrets.

"I have always been part of the England youth set-up and have 11 caps at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 levels.

"But when I was first invited by the Nigeria FA, my dad told me to follow my heart and that is what I have done."

The player also sought advice from his club manager, Arsene Wenger, who repeated his father's words.

"He just told me to follow my heart," Iwobi added.

"I also sought the opinion of my uncle [former Bolton ace Jay-Jay Okocha], who shared his experiences.

"There are a lot of misconceptions about how football is run in Nigeria but I decided to see for myself."

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