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Nigerian midfielder Alex Iwobi has clarified his decision to opt for the West African giants over England for senior-level international football.

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Iwobi, formerly of Arsenal, progressed through the ranks of the Arsenal youth team and represented England at the U16, U17, and U18 levels before committing to Nigeria.

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Making his competitive debut against Egypt in an African Cup of Nations qualifier on March 25, 2016, Iwobi’s choice stemmed from his Nigerian heritage, despite receiving positive treatment from the English Football Association.

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In an interview with Hotsports Nigeria, the midfielder, who previously played for Everton before joining Fulham last summer, expressed gratitude towards England for the opportunities they provided him. However, he emphasized feeling more connected to Nigeria, citing his upbringing in Nigerian culture and his sense of representing his family and heritage.

Iwobi highlighted his sense of belonging within the Nigerian team, describing it as a welcoming environment akin to a family. He expressed enjoyment both on and off the field, attributing it to the camaraderie within the squad.

Looking ahead, Iwobi hopes for more years of representing Nigeria, affirming his contentment with his decision to play for the Super Eagles.

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