ARSENAL gem Reiss Nelson has been invited to switch his international allegiance from England to Zimbabwe.
The 20-year-old Gunners winger was born in England and has represented the Three Lions from youth level up to the Under-21s, winning 12 caps.
Nelson would also qualify for Zimbabwe via his father, and in conversation with On The Whistle, Nottingham Forest defender Tendai Darikwa has sent the Arsenal prodigy a message.
Darikwa, who switched allegiance from England to Zimbabwe in 2017, described Nelson as a “capable” and “talented” player who’d be welcomed with open arms in the Warriors setup.
“We all know how capable Reiss is and talented he is as a footballer, and he can only improve our team and our country.
“We welcome Reiss to come and play for the Warriors. We’d love him to come but he needs to make the decision himself without getting pressure from people outside.
“He’s played for England at youth level, if he wants to carry on playing for England, that’s fine but if he wants to play for Zimbabwe, we’ll welcome him together.”
Although Nelson may have struggled for game time recently for Arsenal, there are no doubts about his quality, and surely it won’t be long before he’s clocking up the minutes.
He’s already made 42 senior appearances for the Gunners despite being just 20, and the amount of Arsenal fans clamouring for him to get starts on social media grows by the week.
Darikwa is absolutely right to try his luck as getting Nelson to join the Zimbabwe setup would be a huge coup, but it would be a big loss for England.
Will Gareth Southgate look to have his own conversation with the Gunners gem in the coming months in hope of convincing him to stay committed to the Three Lions? – TBR ■