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Saka: Tough choice between England, Nigeria

Bukayo Saka’s breakthrough season with Arsenal has caught the attention of Nigeria as well as England boss Gareth Southgate.

The 18-year-old has represented England the country of his birth at U16, U17, U18, and U19 levels, and is pushing for a first senior cap.

However, he is of Nigerian heritage, and this week it was reported that the Super Eagles are making overtures in order to secure his international future.

It’s a choice that Saka knows is a difficult one, but says until such time as he has to make it, he’ll remain humble.

“It’s a tough choice,” he told Sky Sports.

“I’m happy to have represented England at youth level but I’m also proud of my Nigerian heritage from my parents.

“We haven’t been picked by any team so it’s about staying humble and when the time comes we’ll make the decision.”

Alex Iwobi had a similar choice to make after he made his Arsenal breakthrough, having played for England at youth level, he chose Nigeria and has made 38 international appearances, scored 6 goals, and played at a World Cup.

Meanwhile, Saka had praise for boss Mikel Arteta for the faith shown in him, as he committed his long-term future to Arsenal with a new contract.

“Being young and at a big club if you are in the team over an experienced professional the manager is basically telling you without speaking that I believe in you,” he said.


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