Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that Nigeria showed more interest in forward Alex Iwobi and that played a major role in him opting to play for the country ahead of England.
Iwobi, who has Nigerian parents, was eligible to play for both Nigeria and England but the Arsenal forward eventually opted for the Super Eagles.
The French manager was speaking during an interview with Arsenal Player. He said: “He had the potential to play for England and for Nigeria.”
“Today he looks very happy with Nigeria. When I speak to him, he’s had very positive experiences.
“He brings his quality to Nigeria – he’s absolutely a creative player going forward. He’s very strong in small spaces and he’s starting to score goals as well.
“For a while it was open between England and Nigeria, and England didn’t really push for Alex during that period. Nigeria were more willing to have him. I’ve seen many times that sons of parents from Nigeria want to go back to their parents’ country.” he further stated.
England’s loss is Nigeria’s gain if his performances in the green and white jersey of the Super Eagles is anything to go by. He has netted two goals in 12 appearances including the lone strike vs. Zambia that ensured Nigeria qualified for next year’s World Cup in Russia last month