Michael Obafemi has set his sights on a long international career after making his Republic of Ireland debut last night. The 18-year-old Saints striker was used as a late substitute in Ireland’s 0-0 Nations League draw in Denmark on Monday evening days after committing himself to the country of his birth rather than to either England or Nigeria, for whom he also qualifies.
Speaking after the game at Ceres Park in Aarhus, he said: “It’s an amazing feeling to get my first cap for my country. I’m very proud tonight, absolutely buzzing. “I’ll be getting this shirt framed to put it in my house. Obviously my career is still young, but this is definitely a major moment in it.
“Hopefully I can be playing for years to come. I’m still young. I want to get as many caps as possible, score goals if I can and just keep enjoying it.”
Obafemi unwittingly found himself dragged into the Declan Rice saga last week as the West Ham defender ponders over whether to opt for the Republic or England, although he insisted there was never any question in his mind.
He said: “There was no doubt in my head about playing for Ireland. I’ve represented Ireland in youth ages. I never had any doubts at all.”