Had the chance to represent England but instead opted to play for his Fatherland. Alex Iwobi is Superstar Austin Jay-Jay Okocha’s nephew and has been in England right from his childhood days. He joined Arsenal while he was still in Primary school and have since become an integral member of Wenger’s modern team.
Iwobi started as a youth international for England, with whom he won the Victory Shield of 2011. Iwobi went on though to play for Nigeria. He made his senior debut for the Super Eagles on 8 October 2015, replacing Ahmed Musa in the 57th minute of a 2–0 friendly defeat to DR Congo in Visé, Belgium.
He was selected by Nigeria for their 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics. With Nigeria Iwobi went on to win the bronze medal at the games, in a 3-2 victory over Honduras in the third place final.
His choice to represent his fatherland ha paid off as his goal against Zambia on Saturday sealed a place for Nigeria in the coming World Cup competition in Russia 2018.
|UEFA Europa League||1||68||–||1||–||–||1||93.6||–||–||6.94|
|Africa Cup of Nations Nigeria||1||N/A||–||N/A||–||–||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||–|
|Total / Average||11||230||2||1||0||0||1||91.7||0||0||6.86|
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