Saka Opens Up On Choosing England Over Nigeria

By Ibrahim Taiwo

Arsenal young star Bukayo Saka has revealed the reasons behind his decision to play for the Three Lions of England instead of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The 19-year-old has been invited for England games against Wales, Belgium and Denmark following his breakthrough season at Arsenal.

Saka broke into the Arsenal team under Unai Emery in 2018, and he has been impressive for the Gunners playing in an unfamiliar left-back role.

Saka, who was on target for Arsenal against Sheffield United has wished Nigeria all the best.

“I feel like I’m really, really proud of my Nigerian heritage,” Saka told Sky Sports. “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.”

Saka was born in England but he was eligible to play for Nigeria.

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

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

The Super Eagles are preparing for the friendly games against Algeria and Tunisia in Austria on October 9 and 13 respectively.