Choosing England over Nigeria was right – Saka

Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka says his decision to pick England over Nigeria was the right thing to do.

Saka received his first senior England call-up on October 1 and would be joining Gareth Southgate’s team for upcoming UEFA Nations League games against Wales, Belgium and Denmark.

The 19-year-old told SkySports that while he remained proud of his Nigerian roots he was better disposed to playing for the Three Lions than the Super Eagles.

“I feel like I’m really, really proud of my Nigerian heritage,” he said. “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.”

On how his parents met, Saka said: “My dad was born here, my mum was born in Nigeria, but they both grew up in Nigeria and met each other in Nigeria.

“They came over and when they came to England it wasn’t easy for them because obviously, it’s a new country.

“It’s really cold for them, but they adapted well, and as soon as they had me and my brother they always left everything out the way and put us first.”

The youngster said his father has been very supportive of his football career.

“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 for my parents for the work they’ve done for me,” he said.