Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hinted that he would prefer Bukayo Saka to play for England and not Nigeria.
“It’s a tough choice. I’m happy to have represented England at youth level but I’m also proud of my Nigerian heritage from my parents. We haven’t been picked by any team so it’s about staying humble and when the time comes we’ll make the decision,” Saka said.
But speaking ahead of their Sunday game, Arteta said: “If I get asked the question then I can give my opinion.
“He hasn’t come to me with that so, for now, I will leave it totally independent with the player and his family as they normally have a big say with their background, their culture and where they are coming room. I don’t want to step in there.
“Absolutely (he is good enough to play for England)-and he’s very clever to make the right decision, as well.”
The 18-year-old has represented England up to under-19 level but is being courted by Nigeria, where his parents came from.
Saka’s situation won’t be the first as Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses and Shola Ameobi all snubbed England for Nigeria in their international careers despite representing England in the junior teams, However, players like Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham have previously turned down a chance to play for the Super Eagles.