Arsenal winger Bukayo Sako has given an explanation as to why he chose to represent England over Nigeria on the international stage.

The 19-year-old is one of the upcoming stars in English football and has become an integral part of Mikel Arteta’s side as we near the final stage of this season’s Premier League.

Saka was born in London to Nigerian parents who immigrated to England so the youngster was eligible to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria as well. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was hoping for the same.

However, Saka has already represented England at the senior level for Gareth Southgate and has committed to the Three Lions, his country of birth.

Saka explained that he could not turn his back on England as it is the country that nurtured his playing career, despite having Nigerian roots.

“Choosing Nigeria over England would be a tough decision,” Saka admitted. “My whole family has been in England like forever. It would be very strange for me to adapt to an environment that I had never been in since growing up.

“When I grew up, all my documents stated that I am English, hopefully Nigerian people will understand.

“It’s like when you lived with your step father since a young age then your biological father appears when you are already brought up by your step father and invested everything in your life, you cannot just say I am going to my biological father who was never there for you.”

Having been one of Arsenal‘s best players this season and already featuring for England in the international friendlies, the midfielder will be hoping to get the call up for the European Championships as well.