Stuart Pearce tells Benik Afobe to follow his heart over international future

Stuart Pearce

The DR Congo national team is calling and his former England under-21 boss believes Afobe should follow his heart.

AFC Bournemouth appear to have picked out a gem in the transfer market with the recent arrival of Benik Afobe from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The former Arsenal youngster has impressed in his first few games for the club and looks like being a fixture for a few years to come.

His form is now attracting interest on the international stage. Afobe confirmed this week that he has been approached to play for the Democratic Republic of Congo, whom he qualifies for through his parents, at senior international level.

One man who has worked with Afobe at international level is Stuart Pearce. He coached Afobe at England under-21 level and he has told Sky Sports News today what he thinks Afobe should do:

"Speak with his family. I know his family are big in his life he is a smashing young man.

"Go where your heart takes you. When you are playing international football you have got to go somewhere where you feel a real connection with that country.

"Whether that be England or (DR) Congo in Benik's case. Make your decision accordingly. Once you've made that decision stick with it and give everything you've got to that nation."

Afobe has played for England from the under-16 stage right up to under-21s and is considered a bright prospect for the future.

But playing for England is sure to be much more difficult than featuring with the likes of Yannick Bolasie and DR Congo.

Bournemouth fans won't mind either way as long as he continues to put in solid performances in their first-team.

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