Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has indicated that England lost out to Nigeria on Alex Iwobi because they did not push their case enough during a key period.
Prior to becoming a regular for the Super Eagles, the nephew of Austin “Jay Jay” Okocha had represented England at youth level, but when it was time to woo him, Nigeria pushed harder, Wenger told Arsenal’s website.
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“Nigeria were more willing to have him”, he said.
Iwobi will be expecting to turn out at next year’s World Cup in Russian Federation with Nigeria, especially after scoring the goal which booked the Super Eagles’ spot at the tournament.
“When I actually scored the moment was insane, I remember running off celebrating”.
“It’s always an honour to wear the green, white and green, I mean I’ve seen so many kids on the street when we’re in the bus, they’re screaming “go Nigeria, go Nigeria”, so to represent them I’m just proud”. “Today he looks very happy with Nigeria”.
“He brings his quality to Nigeria – he’s absolutely a creative player going forward”.
England may not have Iwobi, but the game against Germany certainly showed they do have top young stars available and the performances in the draw may have made Gareth Southgate feel like he has more options for the World Cup than he may have thought.
Alex Iwobi has described the utter joy he felt after scoring the goal that booked Nigeria’s place at the 2018 World Cup.