Birmingham City Academy product Nicholas Okoro has pledged his international future to Nigeria despite being on the radar of the English Football Association.
The 2001-born attacking midfielder, whose late father Ejikeme Fabian Okoro represented Enugu Rangers, has been called up to an England U15 training camp in the past.
The new Gaz Metan Medias signing says it would be an honour to represent Nigeria and is targeting a call-up to the Flying Eagles squad ahead of the 2021 Africa U20 Cup of Nations qualifiers.
“It would be an honour to represent my fatherland, my father is no longer with us but I’ll honour him as well as my mother if I’m able to represent Nigeria at any level – U20, U23 or first team – in any competition,” Okoro told allnigeriasoccer.com.
“My dad played for Enugu Rangers. I am not sure what position he played. He had three boys, I was the one that followed the footballing legacy.”
On his message to Nigerians, he said : “I want to say Happy Independence to all Nigerians wherever they are, all over the globe, we have to stay united regardless of what is going on in the world, COVID-19.
“I hope we have a fantastic time and reflect on this year. “
Okoro was part of the Team Nigeria UK squad that traveled to Abuja for a pre-World Cup friendly against a Golden Eaglets squad featuring the likes of Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Nwakali in 2015.