Michael Obafemi has committed his international future to the Republic of Ireland. The Dublin-born Southampton striker trained with the squad this week, but also qualifies for Nigeria and England.
Ireland manager Martin O’Neill yesterday suggested Obafemi would not be travelling to Aarhus for the Nations League game with Denmark as he continued to assess his options.
But Obafemi’s agency, Playerworks CSM, have released a statement saying, “Michael was born in Ireland, so this is the country he naturally wants to play for.”
The statement said in full; “Due to current speculation surrounding Michael Obafemi and as Michael’s representatives, we would like to go on record to say that we are not in talks with either Nigeria or England, nor is it something we have ever pursued.”
“Since Mark O’Toole spotted Michael early on, he, along with the other staff at Ireland, have given Michael a great opportunity, which he has enjoyed immensely.
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— Michael (@michaelobafemi_) November 15, 2018
“Michael was born in Ireland, so this is the country he naturally wants to play for. Martin O’Neill has shown great faith in Michael and he wants to repay that faith by helping the team achieve success.
“Michael is 100 per cent committed to Ireland and is looking forward to an exciting future with the national team.”
The 18-year old could earn a first cap as early as tonight. The Republic of Ireland entertain Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, where there’s a 7.45 start.