- Mikel Arteta is rooting for Bukayo Saka to play for the England national team
- Saka whose parents are Nigerians is eligible to play for both countries at the senior national team level
- Arteta says he will offer his advice to the 18-year-old if he is consulted
Mikel Arteta has suggested that Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka is good enough to play for England amid interests by officials of the Nigeria Football Federation.
Saka earlier featured for England youth teams up to the under-19 level, but Nigeria is doing everything to snap of the player because his parents are from the West African nation.
The teenager has recently admitted that it has been a tough call for him to choose between Nigeria and England.
“It’s a tough choice. I’m happy to have represented England at youth level but I’m also proud of my Nigerian heritage from my parents,” he told SkySports.
However in the opinion of Arsenal manager Arteta, Saka will be very good for England and he will offer his own advice if the player consults him.
“If I get asked the question then I can give my opinion,” Arteta was quoted on Daily Mail.
“Absolutely [he is good enough to play for England] – and he’s very clever to make the right decision, as well.”
Bukayo Saka has been impressive for Arsenal this season in all competitions and recently signed a new deal with the North London side.
The 18-year-old was born in England by Nigerian parents and is eligible to play for Three Lions or the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick has confirmed that the Super Eagles will have two international friendly games during the next FIFA windows in September and October.
The country's senior national team has not been in action since their 4-2 victory over Lesotho in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers last year November.
Coach Gernot Rohr's men were scheduled to take on Sierra Leone in March but coronavirus pandemic forced all football activities to be postponed.
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