O’Neill won’t rush Obafemi to make Int’l decision


Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill will not rush Michael Obafemi into a decision on his international career.

The Southampton player is training with the Republic squad ahead of Thursday’s friendly against Northern Ireland.

Obafemi, 18, can also play for England or Nigeria and will not feature in the Nations League visit to Denmark on 19 November as he considers his future.

It mirrors the stance of West Ham’s Declan Rice, who has asked for time to ponder a switch to play for England.

Obafemi was born in Dublin to Nigerian parents and moved to London as a child but the forward could make his international debut in the friendly against Northern Ireland without committing his future to the Republic.

“I haven’t spoken to his parents but I’ve spoken to him,” said O’Neill.

“He’s enjoyed the training and has done really well. I think he’s really enjoyed it but, in terms of decisions, I think that’s a bit off.

“He’s got things to think about. I wouldn’t be rushing him.”

Wolves’ defender Matt Doherty has been ruled out of the matches against Northern Ireland and Denmark as a result of a facial injury he picked up on club duty but fit-again midfielder Robbie Brady will feature on Thursday following his recovery following an 11-month lay-off because of a knee injury.

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