Manchester United youngster Tosin Kehinde has snubbed the chance to play for England, and has decided to play international football for his country of birth Nigeria.
The 19-year-old was born in Lagos, but has been raised in the UK and is therefore eligible for both countries.
However, he feels more affiliated with the country of his birth and dreams to turn out for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
“Nigeria has always been a part of me. I was born there. My whole family are Nigerian. I come from a very strong Nigerian background so the influence has always been around me,” Kehinde told BBC Sport.
He also explained that he wants to follow in the footsteps of Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi who opted to play for the Super Eagles instead of England in 2015.
“When you are growing up, when you see players like Jay Jay Okocha, how good he was and the current crop of players such as Alex Iwobi and Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, the desire to get the opportunity to play for Nigeria has always been there really,” he said.
Iwobi is now an important player for the Super Eagles and he is expected to play for Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Kehinde was said to have started playing football for a junior Sunday League team when he was just 7-year-old.
And when the Nigerian clocked 13, he joined Manchester United’s junior ranks rising through the age groups to play for the Under 23 squad.
He is yet to make an appearance in Jose Mourinho’s first team squad but he has occasionally trained with the team at the invitation of the Portuguese manager.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has not announced his final squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and Tosin Kehinde could be lucky to be invited for Eagles’ next friendly game