Former Arsenal forward Chuba Akpom has pledged his international allegiance to Nigeria, the country of his parents, ahead of England.

The 23-year-old attacker who was a part of the England youth set-up from U-16 to U-21 level, scoring 18 goals along the way, is eligible to feature for both countries at senior level.

“I’ve only just recently switched my allegiance, so I’ve signed the documents and hopefully in the next few weeks it will be approved to enable me play for Nigeria,” Akpom told BBC Sport.

“I’ve been wanting to do that for many years now but not many people know this. It’s just been a matter of sorting it out, which is now in a process. I’m looking forward to it.

“It was a personal decision. I’m Nigerian and my whole family feel very Nigerian and it will be nice to represent Nigeria.

“It will also be nice to link up with Alex [Iwobi] again and play for the national team. We started playing when we were younger together and to make that step to play for the national team together will be amazing.”

Akpom made just 12 appearances for Arsenal but after several spells at Brentford, Coventry, Nottingham Forest, Hull and Brighton, he left for Greek Super League Side, PAOK in 2018. He then played a pivotal role in their unbeaten Greek Super League triumph last season, scoring six goals and assisting four more in 20 league appearances.

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