Former manager of the senior national team of England Roy Hodgson tried his best to stop Nigeria World Cup 2018 Qualifiers hero Alex Iwobi from making his professional debut for Nigeria last year.
Iwobi made his competitive bow for Nigeria in their AFCON 2017 Qualifiers against Egypt in Kaduna, and that effectively ruled him out of the grasp of England, the team he represented at youth level.
Hodgson according to Calvin Emeka Onwuka called the Arsenal forward while he was on his way to the airport for the qualifiers against Egypt to persuade him not to play for Nigeria.
” While Iwobi was on his way to the airport for that qualifier against Egypt. Roy Hodgson was on the phone to him not to go. That’s the kind”, the London based publisher of aclsports.com wrote on twitter.
The Arsenal forward stood his ground and travelled to Nigeria, where he made his debut and since then have grown into one of the senior players of the World Cup bound Nigeria senior national team.