Michael Obafemi (right) in action for Southampton

Southampton forward Michael Obafemi has said he is fully committed to represent Republic of Ireland even though he could also have elected to play for Nigeria or England.

Obafemi, 18, was born in Dublin to Nigerian parents and grew up in London and so was eligible to play for Ireland, Nigeria and England.

The youngster’s agency, Playerworks CSM, announced his commitment to Ireland in a statement.

“Michael was born in Ireland, so this is the country he naturally wants to play for,” read the statement in part.

“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.”

Obafemi has appeared for Ireland at different age-group levels, but will only be tied to one nation when he makes a competitive appearance for the senior side.

He has been called up for a friendly against Northern Ireland and a UEFA Nations League game against Denmark.

Should he play against Denmark, he would have sealed his international future with Ireland.


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