On-loan Chelsea star Ola Aina has stated that he was honoured playing for England but he was quick to add that he is super honoured now doing it for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Not only might Aina be part of a Nigeria squad that faces England in a Wembley friendly on June 2, he is also in line to spend his summer in Russia for the World Cup finals.
“I was honoured
to play for England but as of now I’m super honoured
to play for Nigeria. It’s a big nation and a privilege to play for them.” Aina told Hull Dail Mail.
Aina is not the first player to have made such a decision; quitting England to don the Green and White jersey.
Chelsea team-mate Victor Moses and Arsenal playmaker Alex Iwobi both opted for international careers with Nigeria following age-group football with England and should be on the same flight out to Russia as Aina this summer.
“A World Cup at 21, that would be a big achievement,” said Aina, who now has just four games remaining of his season-long loan at Hull City.
“To be in the squad would be a blessing. I’ve just got to work hard here to secure a place and leave a good impression every time. It would be a honour
Aina won the latest of his three international caps last month in a friendly with Serbia. That fixture was played out at Barnet’s Hive Stadium but the next cap won could be a few miles away at Wembley when Nigeria provide the penultimate opposition for England ahead of the World Cup.