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Hughes Casts Doubts Over Obafemi Choosing To Play For Ireland

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Southampton manager, Mark Hughes, has shared his doubts over whether teenage striker, Michael Obafemi, will choose to play for the Republic of Ireland at senior level.

The 18-year-old made an appearance off the bench against Manchester City last Sunday and following that, was chosen as part of Martin O’Neill’s 36-man provisional squad to face Northern Ireland and Denmark this week.

Obafemi was born in Dublin to Nigerian parents but was raised in London. Despite playing for the Republic of Ireland U19’s, the youngster is also eligible to play for England and Nigeria. He made his Premier League debut inst Tottenham last year.

Speaking to the Southampton FC website, Hughes reminded readers that Obafemi has options open to him.

“He’s had a good week. He’s had an international call-up, and we’ll see where he goes with that.

“Obviously, he’s got a couple of options. I’m not sure whether or not he’s made a definitive decision in terms of where he feels his international future lies, but it’s good recognition for how well he’s done and obviously being able to give him an opportunity.”

Martin O’Neill has previously shared his belief that Obafemi’s desire is to play for Ireland but given the ongoing saga surrounding Declan Rice, he will be hoping to nail him down sooner rather than later.

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Author: Marisa Kennedy

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