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Arsenal star open to Nigeria swap ahead of World Cup

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The Super Eagles could have a late addition to their World Cup squad.

Florian Balogun has revealed he would play for Nigeria if they include him in their World Cup squad.

The Arsenal star has joined Reims in search of more game time this season. Playing in the World Cup could significantly increase Balogun’s chances of establishing himself as a first-team player at Emirates.

However, the 21-year-old admits he is yet to receive an invitation from the Super Eagles.

Speaking to BBC Sport Africa, he said: “I haven’t heard anything from Nigeria. 

“But I’m open to anything because Nigeria is very close to my heart. My family’s from there. I always have love for Nigeria.

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“That’s a conversation that I need to have with people around me, my agent and obviously my family.

“But if I was asked about the opportunity to play for Nigeria, then I can have that conversation. But first I need to be asked.”

Balogun has made appearances for England’s U17, U18, and U21 sides. However, his slim chances of breaking into their senior squad might push him toward becoming a Nigeria international.

Asked about his development since moving to Reims, he added: “I remember before I came here, I had a lot of advice telling me that this would be a good league for me to develop. 

“Now that I am here, I’m seeing the benefits of this league and I’m happy that I can help the team.”