Iwobi Explains His Choice Of Playing For Nigeria

Alex Iwobi has revealed how it was initially difficult for him to choose Nigeria ahead of England, and how his Nigerian environment made it an easy decision later.

The Everton midfielder made his debut for Nigeria in 2015 under former Super Eagles captain Sunday Oliseh and has gone on to win 37 more caps.

Iwobi made seven appearances at the youth level for England but revealed he had always been surrounded by the Nigerian culture, making it easy to switch international allegiance.

“It was difficult because I was raised in England,” he told Gaffer.

“But as I’ve grown up surrounded by Nigerian culture that made it easy for me to pick Nigeria. It just felt right.”

Iwobi has scored nine goals for Nigerian since making his debut, including a brace in a 4-2 win over Argentina in 2017.

The former Arsenal man says there’s no better feeling than scoring goals for either club, even with the current situation shutting fans outside the stadiums.

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“Whenever I score, it’s a mad feeling,” he added. “Even when I played at school, even now when fans aren’t in the stadium, you still go celebrate when you score because of that rush.”

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago