Sone aluko: Okocha, kanu Are My Idols
Posted: Aug 17, 2012
Hull City new signing, Sone Aluko has restated he chose Nigeria over England not because he felt he could not get a chance to play for the Three Lions but because he has always seen himself first as a Nigerian albeit he was born in London and grew up in Birmingham.
“I’ve always felt like a Nigerian,” he said. “My Mum and Dad are Nigerian and a lot of my family live there.
“When I was growing up they were the team I enjoyed watching.
“Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwanko Kanu, those players were my idols rather than the England stars.
“I went to school in England so it was the natural progression to play for England as a kid, but looking back I was always going to go for Nigeria.”
Unlike his sister. Eniola, who is the older sibling by two years, has racked up 61 caps as one of the stars of the women’s game in England.
Further decoration has come this summer with a place in Hope Powell’s Team GB squad and Aluko says he could not be prouder of his sister.
Promotion to the Premier League would see City’s new boy rival Eniola as the star of the Aluko family, but Bruce believes his new recruit already has all the qualities to be a hit in the Championship.
In a side that has consistently struggled to find goals, Aluko hopes his versatility can be key.
“It’s something I always get asked, but I can honestly say I’m not fussed where I play,” he said.
“Whether it’s through the middle or out wide, I just try and score goals and create goals.
“I feel as though I can do that from any position so I don’t really have one I prefer.
“Obviously, if you play through the middle you get more chances but there’s a lot of strikers who don’t score goals.
“I scored a lot of different goals at Rangers. Out wide I scored a few and also through the middle too, I was pretty flexible.
“It’s helped playing in so many different situations with the England youth team and up in Scotland because it helps you to adapt to all the different roles.”
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