Why I snubbed England to play for Nigeria – Alex Iwobi

Super Eagles midfielder, Alex Iwobi has revealed what influenced his decision to pick the Nigerian jersey over that of England at the senior level.

Iwobi, who graduated from Arsenal youth team and played for the Gunners, also played for England at U16, U17, and U18 levels before becoming cap-tied to Nigeria.

The Fulham star explained that although he was well treated by the English Football Association, he chose to play for the Super Eagles due to his Nigerian heritage.

Why I snubbed England to play for Nigeria - Alex Iwobi

He said in an interview with Hotsports Nigeria that he does not have any regrets for snubbing England, but he respects the country for giving him a lot of opportunities.

Iwobi said; “I wouldn’t say I have any regrets. I’d like to say I respected England, they gave me a lot of opportunities and I was able to do them proud. But I feel more at home with Nigeria. I feel this is where I’m at home and where I represent, like my family, everyone.

I’ve grown up in a Nigerian culture so I’d say that I have no regrets picking Nigeria over England. I’ve been here for a while now and I’m familiar with the team. Even from the first time I came here they always made me feel welcome.

I’m always enjoying myself not just when we are playing matches but in training. In the camp it’s like one big family so it makes it easier for me to express myself and join in. I’m enjoying my time and hopefully there’s more years to come as well.”