Why I Prefer to Play for Nigeria – Tom Dele-Bashiru

Tom Dele-Bashiru, born in Manchester, former England Under-16 player, and Watford new signing, has recently given reasons to why he is determined on focusing his Senior International Career for Nigeria, rather than England where he was born and had represented in the U16 level. 

His Reason

The 19 years old player left Manchester City at the expiry of his contract and will now continue his career at Watford until 2024. He further gave the reason for focusing his future on playing for Nigeria. Dele said that it was going to be hard for him to be selected to represent the England national team, but he doesn’t regret playing for Nigeria.

Speaking through an official website of the Hornet he said: “I just felt like I’ll probably play the first team with the Super Eagles, more likely than playing for England because England has a lot of players to choose from”.

He added that he is very proud of his roots and tries to embrace it. He concluded by saying that, he paints a good picture so that people will understand what it is to be a Nigerian.

Tom Dele-Bashiru has the same agent (Ladi Salami) with the Nigerian professional footballer Isaac Success Ajayi who also plays for the same English club side Watford as a forward.

Recent Appearance for Nigeria

Tom Dele played a vital part for the Nigeria U20 team at the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland and also scored a goal in three games before their exit in the knockout round. He made his official debut in the match against Qatar which Nigeria won by 4-0.

In Tom Dele’s word, he emphasized how hard it will be for him to break into the Three Lions of England squad than the Super Eagles. Do you concur with his thoughts or not? Feel free to air your opinion in the comment box.