Birmingham City forward Viv Solomon-Otabor has reportedly turned down the opportunity to play for Three Lions of England stating that he wants to represent the Super Eagles of Nigeria
Otabor who was previously on the books of Premier League giants Crystal Palace has been a target for the Amaju Pinnick led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
The 22-year-old forward was given birth to in London, England but his parents are from Edo State, Nigeria.
In a report by Complete Sports, Otabor decided to represent Nigeria despite being earlier called up to the England U-21 squad by Aidy Boothroyd which included NFF target Ademola Lookman for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers against Andorra and Scotland.
The report states that his admiration or Nigeria and the urge to wear the green and white influenced his decision to turn down England.
Now I’m 22 I feel like I’ve got a lot of experience with over 80 league appearances under my belt and if I get into the Super Eagles team I can do well.
“I’ve matured physically and I’m more powerful than when I was before. So a chance is all I need to prove myself.”
“I hope for an opportunity to show the manager and his staff what I can do.
Otabor along with Liverpool forward Sheyi Ojo are expected to be called up for the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 2019.