Southampton's Michael Obafemi 'all in' for Ireland amid Nigeria, England speculations

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The teenager was named among the substitutes against Northern Ireland but failed to get some minutes

Michael Obafemi has declared himself 'all in' for Ireland despite indications his international future will still be up in the air after the international break.

The Southampton striker was handed his maiden senior call-up ahead of games against Northern Ireland and Denmark on the back of his progress with the Saints.

And despite coach Martin O'Neill's suggestion that the 18-year-old will only play in Thursday's friendly against Northern Ireland with the Uefa Nations League closer against the Danes out of the plan, the youngster failed to come on in the goalless stalemate.

Dublin-born Obafemi was raised in London and has Nigerian parents, thus, making the Super Eagles and England national team options for the teenager.

However, with O'Neill indicating that he will not take part in the game against Denmark on Monday, his representatives, prior to the all-Ireland clash, had moved to state that their client's only option remains Ireland.

“Due to current speculation surrounding Michael Obafemi and as Michael’s representatives, we would like to go on record to say that we are not in talks with either Nigeria or England, nor is it something we have ever pursued," Playerworks CSM said in a statement.

“Since [Football Association of Ireland scout] Mark O’Toole spotted Michael early on, he, along with the other staff at Ireland, have given Michael a great opportunity, which he has enjoyed immensely.

“Michael was born in Ireland, so this is the country he naturally wants to play for.

“Martin O’Neill has shown great faith in Michael and he wants to repay that faith by helping the team achieve success.

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“Michael is 100 per cent committed to Ireland and is looking forward to an exciting future with the national team.”

Obafemi also tweeted a picture of him in Ireland's green and orange kit, captioned "All in".

On Thursday evening against Northern Ireland, the striker came close to playing his first senior game for Ireland as he was named among the substitutes. But he saw the entire goalless stalemate on the sidelines and may have to wait till 2019 for a chance to put an end to speculations about his international allegiance.

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