VIDEO: Wenger- England did not push enough for Iwobi


Alex Iwobi scored the goal that took the Super Eagles to next summer’s World Cup when he netted the winner against Zambia in Uyo last month.

Iwobi, who is the nephew of Iconic ex-Super Eagles and Bolton wonderers midfielder, Austin Jay Jay Okochawas was born in Nigeria but grew up in London and has represented England at youth level. He’s now an established member of the Super Eagles squad.
It came as a surprise that such a very talented player opted for his country of birth Nigeria ahead of a more “prestigious” career with the England national team.

during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Nigeria vs Zambia on October 7th 2017 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium
Credit: Kabiru Abubakar/fotodezamora

One man who is not too surprised is his manager at club level Arsène Wenger. Speaking during an interview on, Wenger said: “He had the potential to play for England and for Nigeria. Today he looks very happy with Nigeria. When I speak to him, he’s had very positive experiences.”

“He brings his quality to Nigeria – he’s absolutely a creative player going forward. He’s very strong in small spaces and he’s starting to score goals as well.”

“For a while, it was open between England and Nigeria, and England didn’t really push for Alex during that period. Nigeria was more willing to have him. I’ve seen many times that sons of parents from Nigeria want to go back to their parents’ country.” Wenger added.






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