Chuba Akpom, former Arsenal star and ex-England youth international, has switched his international allegiance to Nigeria.
According to the BBC Sports, the 23-year-old forward, who currently plies his trade with PAOK in the Greek topflight holds a dual-nationality, but has not been capped by England’s Three Lions, meaning he will be available for selection if Nigeria looks at his direction.
At the last count, the former Arsenal youth star enjoyed some national team experience with Nigeria’s Super Eagles at Barnet in March 2017, alongside Ola Aina, but he is now hoping to play alongside his pal and teammate Alex Iwobi for the Super Eagles someday.
“I’ve only just recently switched my allegiance, so I’ve signed the documents and hopefully in the next few weeks it will be approved to enable me play for Nigeria,” Akpom was quoted as saying to BBC Sport. “I’ve been wanting to do that for many years now but not many people know this. It’s just been a matter of sorting it out, which is now in a process. I’m looking forward to it. “It was a personal decision. I’m Nigerian and my whole family feels very Nigerian and it will be nice to represent Nigeria.
“It will also be nice to link up with Alex [Iwobi] again and play for the national team. We started playing when we was younger together and to make that step to play for the national team together will be amazing,” added Akpom, who netted 18 times goals in 41 youth caps for England between his under-16 days to under-21.