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Why I ignored Nigeria for England national team- Bukayo Saka reveals



Bukayo Saka

Arsenal midfielder Bukayo Saka has revealed that he chose to play for the Three Lions of England because they have evolved, but that he remains a supporter of the Nigerian national team.

According to the Cable, the utility player who has played for England’s youth teams is considering switching nationalities to play for Nigeria at the senior level.

He chose to play for the Three Lions, and made his debut on June 2 in a friendly against Austria, scoring his first senior international goal, the game’s only goal, in a 1–0 victory.

Saka has now made 14 appearances for the England national team, scoring four goals. In the year 2020, he told Metro:

“I feel like I’m really, really proud of my Nigerian heritage. I always still watch Nigeria’s games where I can and I wish them all the best and support them all the way.

“But I’ve seen the process of how England are transforming and I think in the future they’re going to do great stuff. I feel like it was right for me to choose England.

“My dad was born here, my mum was born in Nigeria, but they both grew up in Nigeria and met each other in Nigeria.

“Especially my football career, my dad always pushed me, he took me to training on days where sometimes it would take two hours to get to training, so I’ll always be so grateful to my parents for the work they’ve done for me.”