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The FA is exploring options to lure Arsenal prodigy Chido Obi-Martin, who scored 10 goals against Liverpool’s under-16 side on Saturday, back to represent England.
15-year-old Obi-Martin has already played for the youth teams of Denmark – his country of birth – and England this year. He is also eligible to represent Nigeria through his father.
The striker currently plays for Denmark and scored a goal in the U17 UEFA European Championship qualifiers last month. However, it is understood the teenager, who was added to first-team training sessions by Mikel Arteta earlier this month, can still switch allegiance to this country if he wishes.
Mail Sport understands this is a route the FA are keen to consider, having monitored his progress since last winter. He turns 16 next week.
Obi-Martin’s impressive performance on Saturday in the Gunners’ 14-3 win over the Reds has thrust the 6ft 2in player into the spotlight.
Arsenal youngster Chido Obi-Martin (above) scored 10 goals against Liverpool’s youth team
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Ethan Nwaneri (pictured) became the Premier League’s youngest ever player last season and Obi-Martin could soon break into Arsenal’s first team if he continues to progress
Despite his age, he played for the Gunners’ under-21 team in October and Arteta recognized his talent. Danish U17 coach Jasper Mikkelsen was optimistic about the striker’s future two weeks ago.
He told the Danish press: “It is not tied to Denmark.” As it was explained to me, you can change the rules once if you have played current games. I’m not nervous about it because we’re not going to do anything about it.
“I’m just referring to the fact that Chido and his family have agreed that he would like to play for Denmark.” “If at some point he decides to do it differently, it’s somehow out of our hands.”
An FA spokesperson has been contacted for comment.