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England make last ditch Iwobi attempt

Published On 21/03/2016 | By AFS Staff | Africa, Europe, Latest News, Nigeria, Premier League, Top Stories

The English FA are making a last-ditch attempt to try to stop Arsenal starlet Alex Iwobi committing his international future to Nigeria.

Iwobi is at the centre of a tug of war between England and Nigeria again after becoming a regular in the Gunners’ first team set-up since the turn of the year.

The 19-year-old has started three of Arsenal’s last four games and capped his full Premier League debut at Everton on Saturday with his first Gunners goal.

Forward Iwobi has already represented England at Under-16, U17 and U18 levels before choosing to represent Nigeria where he was born.

Iwobi who is the nephew of former Super Eagles captain Jay Jay Okocha – has played in two friendlies for Nigeria, but won’t be officially tied to them until he plays a competitive game.

That has left the door open for the FA to try to persuade him to switch back and represent England – but they are facing a race against time.

If Iwobi makes his competitive debut THIS WEEK after being named in Nigeria’s squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double header against Egypt, he will be tied to the Super Eagles.

That has prompted desperate late attempts from the FA to try to get Iwobi to change his mind.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is understood to have told the FA the player has a big future and they should do everything possible to try to get him back.

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