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England Youngster Considering Which Country To Represent At Senior Level

England Youngster Considering Which Country To Represent At Senior Level

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka has admitted that it will be a 'tough choice' if he gets to pick between representing England and Nigeria at international level.

So far in his career Saka has represented England at under 16, under 17, under 18 and under 19 level but his recent form could mean he misses out on under 21 level international football and moves straight onto the senior level.

However that might not actually be for his country of birth England but the country of his descent, Nigeria, with the 18-year-old describing the possible choice as 'tough.'

"It's a tough choice," Saka told Sky Sports, "I'm happy to have represented England at youth level but I'm also proud of my Nigerian heritage from my parents.

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"We haven't been picked by any team so it's about staying humble and when the time comes we'll make the decision."

Saka representing England at the European U17 Championship in 2018. Image: PA Images
Saka representing England at the European U17 Championship in 2018. Image: PA Images

Saka's form, at both full back and on the wing, for the Gunners this season has seen him linked with a potential call up to Gareth Southgate's future squads.

The teenager has started 19 games in the league this season, with another seven appearances from the bench, and has quickly become an important part of Mikel Arteta's side, scoring once and coming up with five assists.

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England fans are getting excited about Saka picking the Three Lions for his international future as he would be part of a generation with a lot of talent.

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Jadon Sancho is already a part of the first team and Phil Foden looks increasingly likely to join his former Manchester City academy teammate in the squad.

Manchester United's Mason Greenwood's impressive form has made him a potential choice for the Euros squad next summer, for the delayed tournament, whilst Jude Bellingham has secured a move to Borussia Dortmund at just 17.

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Speaking about fellow teenagers Greenwood and Bellingham, Saka said, "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

"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.

"Being young and at a big club if you are in the team over an experienced professional the manager is basically telling you without speaking that I believe in you. (He's saying) go and do what you can do and that belief gives me so much confidence."

Whilst the winger's future at international level isn't clear his future in north London certainly is. After an incredible first season there were worries he may leave.

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His contract was due to end next summer but he has now signed a 'long term' deal to keep him at the Emirates Stadium, something that will please fans and his manager alike.

Topics: Nigeria, Football News, Euro 2020, International Football, Premier League, England, Arsenal, Gareth Southgate, Mikel Arteta

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.