England eye ace Obi-Martin
dmg media (UK)
THE FA is set to explore ways to lure Arsenal wonderkid Chido obi-Martin back to representing England. The 15-year-old has already featured 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 forward scored for denmark in Under 17 UEFA European Championship qualifiers last month. but he can still switch allegiance back to England if he wants to. It is a route the FA are keen to look at, having monitored his progress since last winter. obi-Martin’s stunning display on Saturday in Arsenal Under 16s’ 14-3 win over Liverpool, in which he scored 10 goals, has thrust the 6ft 2in player into the spotlight. despite his age, he played for the Gunners’ Under 21s last month and has been brought into first-team training sessions. denmark Under 17s coach Jesper Mikkelsen is optimistic his future will be with the danes. ‘He is not locked to denmark, but I’m not nervous,’ he said. ‘His family have agreed he would like to play for denmark. If he chooses differently at some point, it’s kind of out of our hands.’ The FA were approached to make a comment.