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Manchester United’s Tosin Kehinde pledges international future to Nigeria

Manchester United midfielder Tosin Kehinde has committed his international future to Nigeria ahead of England – his base country.

The 19-year-old was born in Lagos, has Nigerian parentage, but he is also eligible to play for the Three Lions of England.

Kehinde visited the Eagles at their training base at Crowne Plaza, Ealing in West London on Sunday and was privileged to meet Coach Gernot Rohr and state his desire to represent Nigeria.

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“It feels good to have that kind of support back home,” the 19-year-old said.

“I’ve come close on occasion. All I need to do is continue to work hard.

The midfielder also expressed his wish to gatecrash the Eagles squad ahead the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

“Of course I’d be elated to play at the World Cup. It’s every footballers dream. Playing at any level for Nigeria would bring me pride. But I believe in myself enough to know I can bring something great to the Super Eagles first team.”

Kehinde trained with Manchester United first-team earlier this season and has started 15 times for the Under-23s in the Premier League II.

 

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