Newcastle's Bigirimana split over international ambitions

Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana is split over his international ambitions. Bigirimana is wanted by England U21 boss Stuart Pearce, though is also loyal to Burundi.

Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana is split over his international ambitions.

Bigirimana is wanted by England U21 boss Stuart Pearce, though is also loyal to Burundi.

“International football is a privilege and I would be honoured to play it. As long as I’m playing for one, moving forward and improving I don’t mind what nationality I will play for,” he told The Journal.

“England is like my second home but it is difficult for me because I have two homes. England has grown in me and I have met so many fantastic people and mentors who are English.

“That does not mean I am saying I don’t like Burundi. That is where I was born, where I saw my first sunset. England is like another place where God has put me for a purpose.”

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