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Manchester United youngster, Tosin Kehinde has explained why he chose to play for Nigeria instead of England.
The young central midfielder and his representatives had held talks with the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Vice President Shehu Dikko, Secretary General Mohammed Sanusi and manager Gernot Rohr at the Super Eagles Crowne Plaza Hotel in London before the national team’s friendly against Serbia.
He told BBC Sports, ”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 is hoping to follow the footsteps of Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi and Ola Aina. He did not hide his admiration for Jay Jay Okocha and John Mikel Obi.
He added, ”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.”