Michael Obafemi will travel to Denmark with the Ireland squad now that he has publicly confirmed his commitment to Ireland.
Republic of Ireland manager, Martin O’Neill, had indicated earlier in the week that a trip to Aarhus to face Christian Eriksen & co. was highly unlikely, but it would now appear the Southampton youngster has a seat on the plane.
Obafemi failed to make it onto the pitch for his Republic of Ireland senior debut on Thursday night, with O’Neill keeping him in reserve and opting to bring on Scott Hogan when Seani Maguire succumbed to injury.
“I certainly had thought about (bring Michael Obafemi on) at the time but I felt that Hogan who has a lot more experience was just ahead of him, but now that Michael has committed himself to us, he can appear for us in the future.
“I think Michael should come to Denmark now that he’s made the commitment.”
When asked what had changed since Pundit Arena pressed O’Neill on Obafemi’s stance on his international allegiance, O’Neill expressed satisfaction with Obafemi’s statement that put to bed any fears of an England or Nigeria switch.
“A couple of things changed. Number one I said at the start of the week that if he did make the commitment to us then I probably wouldn’t take him to Denmark, if he hadn’t made that commitment then that was really my point.
“Michael said to me, first of all, that the way he was treated at underage level here by us and coming in with us to the senior squad he was really well received and I think that’s played a huge part in his decision. He’s had time to think about it and I spoke to him and spoke to his agent.
“The call is made and he’s made the call. It was really up to him. As I said earlier the treatment he’s had at underage level here and from the senior players.”
Despite O’Neill’s new perspective on the 18-year-old, do not expect him to start against the Danes on Monday.
” He’s certainly got promise about him. He’s only been in and around the Southampton first team a couple of times, he’s very very young. I mentioned it yesterday that he’s very raw.
“He will improve I’m certain in time, definitely with his club and then hopefully down the line he’ll become a proper player for us. But it’s asking a lot for him to step in and be the answer to our goalscoring problems.”
Ireland travel to Aarhus to face Denmark on Monday.