Ola Aina has spoken of his pride at earning his first Nigeria call-up.
After helping the Tigers return to winning ways against Bolton, the on-loan right-back flew out to join up with the Super Eagles at the weekend ahead of back-to-back World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon, AOIFootball.com has gathered.
The two games could potentially see Nigeria extend their advantage at the top of Group B and Aina knows it would be a huge achievement to make his senior international debut if called upon.
“It was a very proud moment to get called-up by Nigeria and the prospect of representing my country for the first time is very exciting,” he said.
“Everyone wants to play at the highest level and that’s what international level is. For me, it’s very exciting and I want to do really well.
“We’ve got an important two games against Cameroon coming up and I’m really looking forward to the whole experience.
“It should be two good, but very tough games. They’re a physical side and will no doubt be in good spirits after winning the African Cup of Nations in February.
“As I say, it will be tough but I’m very much looking forward to both matches and hopefully playing in the Super Eagles’ colours.”
London-born Aina played for England at youth level – from Under-16s through to Under-20s – but opted to switch his international allegiance in March earlier this year after spending time at a Nigerian training camp in Barnet.
“It was an introduction to it all to see what I thought of it,” he explained.
“I hadn’t played for England at any level for quite a while, and international football is something that I wanted to experience. Also, Nigeria is where my origins are.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the training camp and that was a key factor in my decision to switch.”
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