Nwankwo Kanu: We Don’t Need To Force People To Play For Nigeria
Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham

Nwankwo Kanu: We Don’t Need To Force People To Play For Nigeria

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Former Nigerian international, Kanu Nwankwo, believes his country has too many talents globally to force anyone to play for them.

The ex-Super Eagles captain insists that the West Africans have more than enough talents spread across the globe and shouldn't be pleading with anyone to pledge their allegiance to the country.

For a while now, Nigeria has been trying to get English-born, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori, to represent the Super Eagles but their hopes of getting the duo were squashed when the latest England squad was announced.

The Chelsea academy graduates were included in Gareth Southgate's 25-man Three Lions’ squad to face the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in October’s Euro 2020 qualification games.

But that doesn't seem to worry Kanu, who won League titles with Arsenal while in England.

“I feel we don’t need to force people to play for the country because Nigeria is bigger than any player," the former Ajax, Amsterdam, and Inter Milan star noted.

“We have quality players everywhere so we can’t continue to beg one player to play for us. Nigeria cannot beg, players have to beg Nigeria.

“The best way to always go about this is by talking to them to play for their fatherland.

“If they do, it’s good for us and if they don’t we move on. That’s football and I think we have enough and we can win matches without them.”

Being competitive games, if either or both players feature for England in the upcoming international break, it would rule out the possibility of being able to represent Nigeria.

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