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Manchester United midfielder Kehinde: I’ve desired to play for Nigeria since childhood

Manchester United midfielder Tosin Kehinde has stated that his decision to pledge his international future to Nigeria ahead of England was an easy one for him.

Kehinde commited his future to the Nigerian national team on Sunday, March 25 in a meeting with NFF officials at Crowne Plaza, Ealing in West London and the 19-year-old states that the proposed nationality switch has been a long-term wish.

”Nigeria has always been a part of me. I was born there. My whole family are Nigerian. I come from a very strong Nigerian background so the influence has always been around me,” Kehinde told BBC Sport.

The midfielder further stated that his decision was influenced by legendary Nigerian internationals he watched play while growing up, just as he expressed his desire to follow in the footsteps of Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi who dumped England for Nigeria in 2015.

”When you are growing up, when you see players like Jay Jay Okocha, how good he was and the current crop of players such as Alex Iwobi and Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, the desire to get the opportunity to play for Nigeria has always been there really,” the midfielder added.

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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