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Chuba Akpom reaffirms his commitment to England


chubaONE of the England-born young footballers being wooed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to pledge allegiance to the Super Eagles, Chuba Akpom, seems not interested in the offer. In fact, Akpom has not hidden his desire to turn out for England despite the NFF’s overtures.

The Arsenal youngster, who has been described as one of the stars of the future, is one of the Nigeria-born players currently in the England Under-21 set up. The others are Dominic Iorfa Jnr and Moses Odubajo.

The Young Lions will tomorrow file out against Mexico in an international friendly in Barnet, which is a stone throw from where Akpom grew up, before moving to Plymouth to face USA in another tune up game. Looking forward to the games, Akpom says he cannot wait to step out in an England shirt a stone’s throw from where he grew up.

“I grew up in east London, but I now live round the corner from The Hive – so to potentially be playing a game for England so locally is very exciting,” said the 19-year-old. “I’m really looking forward to it.

All my mates and a lot of my family will be down to watch the game so it’s going to be a great night. “Over the past few years I’ve played lots of games for England around the country and abroad but never in London, so it’s going to be a special game for me personally.

“We’ve got a few London boys in the squad so I’m sure everybody will be up for this one.”

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