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Ipswich Town's Omar Sowunmi Won't Snub Nigeria If Invited

Ipswich Town's Omar Sowunmi Won't Snub Nigeria If Invited

By SL10 - Apr 08, 2015 02:50 PM

Ipswich Town defender Omar Sowunmi has stated that he will not reject the
chance to represent Nigeria's national team if he's handed a call up.

But he has also refused to rule out playing for England if they come knocking
on his door.

Born in Colchester 19 years ago to a Nigerian dad and a British mom, the
right-back can turn out for both England and Nigeria internationally,
but has not been capped by any of the countries.

''My mother is English and my father is Nigerian. I haven't pledged my
future to any country yet,'' said Omar Sowunmi to

''Obviously I would love to play for England as it is where I have been
brought up all my life, but if the opportunity came for both I am not sure
who I would pursue an international career to.

''If I am invited by Nigeria, I reckon I would say yes. Definitely the
England standard is higher and I love to push myself to the best of my
ability and strive to be the best.''

On the pitch, Omar Sowunmi has cited Chelsea's John Terry, Real Madrid's
Raphaël Varane and Pepe, and ex-Barcelona icon Carles Puyol as the players
he looks up to.

''I play mainly as a centre-half. I have played up top a few times as
well, I always get told I should be playing there.

''I model my game after Pepe and also Varane, being around the same age
and seeing how he plays is inspiring.

''I also try and play like Puyol, and John Terry loves defending and puts
his body on the line.

''I'm good on the ball and have good feet. I am a tall lad, very strong
and quick. A very athletic player,'' Sowunmi added.

Sowunmi joined Ipswich Town as a first-year scholar back in the 2011-2012 season after a successful trial.

Before then, the teenager was playing for his local team Stanway Villa
until he was scouted by The Tractor Boys.


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