By David Ngobua with agency report
Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster, Dominic Iorfa got a big career boost on Wednesday when England Coach Roy Hodgson drafted him to the senior squad ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino on Saturday.
Before the promotion, the son of former Nigerian international, Dominic Iorfa senior was training with England U21 squad under Gareth Southgate for the matches against USA U23 and Norway.
He was part of the full squad of players who trained on Wednesday at St George’s Park as the Three Lions prepare for the September 5 game.
Although still eligible to play for Nigeria, if he plays for England against San Marino on Saturday, Iorfa junior who has played for England at U18 and U20 would no longer be available for the Super Eagles.At the beginning of the Dream Team VI camping in Abuja, Coach Samson Siasia invited the young Iorfa to the squad for screening but he was held back by club duties.
He had emerged as an integral part of the Wolves team that was pushing hard for promotion to the Premiership.
Even as Iorfa senior could not be reached for comments, a family member who chose to speak on condition of anonymity said it is not too late for Nigeria to get the youngster to play for his father’s country.
He said “It may appear a bit late but he is yet to play for the senior team so something can be done.
“However, if he plays for the senior team for even five minutes, he would have become ineligible to play for Nigeria.
“Even as he is free to play for England, personally, I feel it would be a thing of joy to see him play for this country.
“It is now left for the Nigeria Football Federation to swing into action, if really they want the boy to come home and play for Nigeria,” he said.
Iorfa made his breakthrough last season at Molineux after a loan spell with Shrewsbury and appears to be making waves in the England set-up.
The 20-year-old has yet to play for the U21s but featured five times for the U20s including appearances at the Toulon tournament.
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