Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka admits it will be challenging to choose between England or Nigeria, should his impressive Premier League form be rewarded with international selection.
Saka is yet to receive a call-up from either England or Nigeria but he’s attracting admiring glances from both associations.
For the modest but confident 18-year-old it is a decision that will require careful consideration with family members at the right time.
“It’s a tough choice,” Saka revealed.
“I’m happy to have represented England at youth level but I’m also proud of my Nigerian heritage from my parents.
“We haven’t been picked by any team so it’s about staying humble and when the time comes we’ll make the decision.”
Gareth Southgate has been keeping a close eye on Saka and Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood, while Jude Bellingham recently became the most expensive 17-year-old in history following his £25m move to Borussia Dortmund.
The future for England appears bright with Europe’s top clubs and their current managers putting faith in the teenage sensations.
“Greenwood and Bellingham have so much quality. Whether they are 18 or 28 or 38 they’ve got quality and when you’ve got quality you’re going to be in the team, providing you can apply the right attitude,” Saka said.
“I feel the age isn’t really a factor because they’ve got maturity and quality beyond their years. That’s why they’re being trusted I believe.”
Mikel Arteta, like Unai Emery before him, is certainly placing his trust in Saka who has made 38 appearances in the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League this season.
Saka recently scored his first Premier League goal and was this week rewarded with Arsenal’s No 7 shirt, previously worn by Robert Pires, Tomas Rosicky and David Rocastle.
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By Sky Sports