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Arsenal star Alex Iwobi has broken silence on why he snubbed England callup for Nigeria.
Iwobi was born in Lagos, Nigeria but moved to England when he was 4-years-old.
The Arsenal attacker has admitted he was torn over the decision, though his family, including his uncle and former Bolton star Jay-Jay Okocha, played a pivotal role in the switch.
The 21-year-old has scored four times in 14 caps and highlights his experience with the Under-23s as crucial to his final choice.
“I was growing up in England and England was the only national team I knew, so I was actually very pleased to play at national level,” Iwobi told Soccer Laduma.
“However, my family are all from Nigeria, I was born in Nigeria, my uncle (Jay-Jay Okocha) is a legend in Nigeria.
“That’s why I thought I would give it a chance. That’s why I went to the U23s and somehow felt more welcome, and I thought it’s where I belong, so I made the decision to switch.”