I felt more welcome in Nigeria than England – Alex Iwobi

Arsenal midfielder, Alex Iwobi, has revealed that he was more welcomed in the Nigeria national team than England.

Iwobi appeared for England in the youth ranks but opted to switch allegiance to Nigeria in 2015.

The Lagos-born 21-year-old has scored four goals in 14 appearances for Nigeria since joining the side at Under-23 level.

“I was growing up in England and England was the only national team I knew, so I was actually very pleased to play at the national level,” Iwobi told Soccer Laduma on Wednesday.

“However, my family are all from Nigeria, I was born in Nigeria, my uncle (Jay-Jay Okocha) is a legend in Nigeria.

“That’s why I thought I would give it a chance. That’s why I went to the Under-23s and somehow felt more welcome, and I thought it’s where I belong, so I made the decision to switch.”

Iwobi netted twice in the Super Eagles’ 4-2 win over Argentina in Tuesday’s international friendly.