Ex-England Youth Star Chuba Akpom Opts To Play For Nigeria

Ex-England Youth Star Chuba Akpom Opts To Play For Nigeria

Former England youth international Chuba Akpom says he has now pledged his international allegiance to the country of his parents Nigeria.

Akpom who plays in Greece for PAOK is eligible to play for the Super Eagles as he holds dual-nationality and has not played for England at senior level.

In March 2017,  the 23-year-old striker trained with the Nigeria senior side at Barnet alongside then Chelsea defender Ola Aina and now hopes to line up with his life-long friend Alex Iwobi for the West African country.

“I've only just recently switched my allegiance, so I've signed the documents and hopefully in the next few weeks it will be approved to enable me to play for Nigeria,” Akpom told BBC Sport.

“I've been wanting to do that for many years now but not many people know this. It's just been a matter of sorting it out, which is now in a process. I'm looking forward to it.

“It was a personal decision. I'm Nigerian and my whole family feel very Nigerian and it will be nice to represent Nigeria.

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“It will also be nice to link up with Alex [Iwobi] again and play for the national team. We started playing when we was younger together and to make that step to play for the national team together will be amazing.”

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

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