Bukayo Saka faces dilemma over international career

Saka faces dilemma over international career
Arsenal starlet, Bukayo Saka

Arsenal starlet, Bukayo Saka has said he is yet to decide on whether he would play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria or the Three Lions of England, the sportsbay.com reports.

With his club career settled, the 18-year old star faces something of a dilemma at international level.

He has represented England at youth level and has been pushing for inclusion in the Under-21 squad, but remains eligible to play for Nigeria though he is yet to receive a call-up.

In an interview with Sky Sports News, Saka said he will require careful consideration with family members at the right time to choose either Nigeria or England.

“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,” he said.

It will be recalled the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick recently in an Instagram Live chat said though there are a number of quality players doing well for the Super Eagles in his position but the door is always open for him if he desires to play for the country.

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Meanwhile, Saka is ready to repay the faith Mikel Arteta has shown in him after the Arsenal manager rewarded his stunning progress by sanctioning the decision to hand him the club’s iconic No.7 squad number.

The teenager made his first-team debut under Unai Emery last season but has made rapid strides under the man who succeeded him on a permanent basis back in December.

Saka put an end to months of speculation surrounding his future by signing a new long-term deal earlier this month, despite reported interest from a number of heavyweight Premier League clubs.

The academy graduate is already a key member of Arteta’s first-team squad and his standing is reflected by his new squad number which was previously the property of Tomas Rosicky, Robert Pires and Alexis Sanchez.

Reflecting on his promotion, Saka said: ‘I was so excited to get it. It’s stuff you dream of and to think of the legends who have had it is such an honour.

‘I liked the number growing up because some of the best players in the world have worn it. ‘It shows how much confidence they have in me and I want to repay their faith and hopefully can write my own history in that shirt.’


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