Obafemi elects against Nigeria and England, sets to represent Republic of Ireland


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Michael Oluwadurotimi Obafemi has committed to playing for the Republic of Ireland at international level, putting an end to speculation he might elect to represent Nigeria or England according to his representatives.

The Southampton forward was born in Dublin to Nigerian parents, but grew up in London and is eligible to represent all three countries at international level.

Obafemi, 18, was called up to the Ireland squad on November 6 for the friendly against Northern Ireland and the UEFA Nations League match against Denmark.

Playerworks CSM, a football agency that represents Obafemi, released a statement on his behalf.

“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,” the statement read.

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