Manchester United Star Tosin Kehinde Dumps England for Nigeria’s Super Eagle

‘Nigeria has always been a part of me. I was born there,’ Tosin Kehinde told the BBC

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Tosin Kehinde
Tosin Kehinde

Manchester United’s Tosin Kehinde has set his sights on playing for Nigeria and has already made moves to become a Super Eagle.

The 19-year-old, an Under 23 squad player at United, was born in Lagos but raised in the UK and is eligible to play for both Nigeria and England.

“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,” Tosin Kehinde told BBC Sport.

The player, who is at home playing in midfield but can also play as a left wing-back, met Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) officials last weekend to start the process of formalising his Nigerian footballing status.

He was accompanied by his parents to the meeting which took place in London.

Kehinde says he wants to follow in the footsteps of Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi who opted to play for the Super Eagles instead of England in 2015.


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“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,” said Kehinde.

Kehinde started playing football for a junior Sunday league team when he was just 7-years-old.

At 13 he joined Manchester United’s junior ranks, rising through the age groups to play for the Under 23 squad.


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