West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna has said he chose to play for Italy at the senior international level because it was the right thing to do.
Concise News learned that Ogbonna who was born in Cassino, Italy, to Nigerian parents, from Owerri West in Imo State, represented the European nation.
The defender made his debut for the Italians in a friendly against Poland in November 2011 and was cup-tied when he started in a 2014 World Cup qualifier vs Bulgaria in September 2012.
While speaking about racism, he told West Ham’s official website: ”I grew up with Nigerian parents, but I chose to play for the Italian national team because I felt that was right.
”Whether you are black, Asian or whatever, you should be proud. I always say, we should be focused on the important things, which are not black or white.
”We are the same people. We all laugh and we all cry. For me, there is no difference.”
Ogbonna, 31, featured 13 times for the Italian senior team.