Afobe raring to go for Cherries and DRC

Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe admits he is itching to start contributing more for his Premier League side and his country, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Afobe was made to wait to switch his international allegiances to play for the African side instead of England, after the Three Lions administration team sent the paperwork to the Republic of the Congo – also known as Congo Brazzaville.

"Basically, the FA sent my paperwork to the wrong Congo," he told BBC Football, after being called up to their latest squad for their World Cup qualifiers.

"Transferring it took about 10 days and once Fifa had cleared their workload with all the internationals on around the world, it was the day after the World Cup qualifier against Guinea.

"But, in order for me to get used to the squad and the conditions, it was worth making the trip and the team won 2-1.

"I was disappointed not to play at the time, but the main thing is returning to the club injury-free. Club always comes before country and right now, I want to be available for Bournemouth as much as possible."

While the former Arsenal academy graduate is raring to go for the country of his parents birth, he also confirmed he wants to repay his club manager, Eddie Howe – for all his faith he's instilled in him.

"Not being part of the team has been a different kind of challenge. But the manager has never lost faith in me. I didn't sulk at being left out, but perhaps I didn't train as hard."

"I'm not someone that really sulks or is what they call in football 'a bad egg', or someone that starts gossiping and affecting the changing room," he added.

"I was a bit too down to start with, but after the chat with the manager, I've been better in training in the last couple of months and the opportunities have come.