Southampton striker Michael Obafemi has ended speculation surrounding his international future by committing to Ireland ahead of their game against Northern Ireland this evening.
Irish manager Martin O’Neill had outlined during the week that Obafemi was still deliberating over his international future however a source close to the 18-year old had informed Pundit Arena that his intentions were always to represent Ireland.
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— Michael (@michaelobafemi_) November 15, 2018
Obafemi has recently been on the fringes of the Southampton starting XI and had received his first call-up to the Irish national team ahead of their fixtures with Northern Ireland and Denmark.
Playerworks CSM, a football agency that represents Obafemi, released a statement on his behalf, confirming Pundit Arena’s report that he had never considered Nigeria or England.
“Due to current speculation surrounding Michael Obafemi and as Michael’s representatives, we would like to go on record to say that we are not in talks with either Nigeria or England, nor is it something we have ever pursued,” the statement read.
“Since Mark O’Toole spotted Michael early on, he, along with the other staff at Ireland, have given Michael a great opportunity, which he has enjoyed immensely.
“Michael was born in Ireland, so this is the country he naturally wants to play for.
“Martin O’Neill has shown great faith in Michael and he wants to repay that faith by helping the team achieve success.
“Michael is 100 per cent committed to Ireland and is looking forward to an exciting future with the national team.”
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Some had felt that O’Neill fuelling the speculation over other countries interest in Obafemi may lead to another instance like that of Jack Grealish or Declan Rice but thankfully for Irish fans, Obafemi now appears to be 100% on board with the Boys in Green