Topmann Ugochukwu Izuwa, a French-born German midfielder, expressed his desire to play for Nigeria.
The 18-year-old, who plays for KFC Uerdingen in Germany’s 3rd division, also said he won’t turn down an invitation to play for their national team from the German Football Association, GFA.
Topmann was born to Nigerian parents in France but moved to Germany and has a German passport.
”Actually, it is open, I love Nigeria and it is my desire to play there also but I will look for a team that I am more important to,” Izuwa told Allnigeriasoccer.
”It is not about being in the national team, it is about being one of the key players in the team, playing a special role there where my services in the national team is highly needed.
”I do not have that connection to France even though I was born there, I feel a stronger connection to Nigeria and my father also taught me about my roots never to abandon them.
”It is not only because of my parents but my own desire to play for Nigeria.”
Izuwa added: ”In Germany you have a lot of chances but it is not easy because here there are a lot of talents but it is not bad to play for the national team as we know Germany are one of the world leaders in football.
“Because of the incentives the German-born players prefer to play for Germany.”