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Onouha to opt for Nigeria?

"I would like to play in the remaining six games for City. If I did that maybe the chance would be there to play for Nigeria," Onuoha told the Manchester Evening News. "But if I am not playing week in, week out, I wouldn't expect to receive a call from anyone because that wouldn't be right.

"Everyone wants to play in the World Cup, but things have to be right and you have to be selected. A lot of people are talking about it as though it is an option but I have never been called up."


Whilst stories linking Onouha with a call up to the Nigerian squad are nothing new, as far as I'm aware this is the first time that Onouha has stated (publicly at least) any firm interest in the possibility of it.

Despite being a technically gifted player and athlete who has far from looked out of place in the side at both full-back and centrally, Onouha has been unfortunate with timing over the years, both with injuries and also having Mark Hughes spend heavily on Joleon Lescott and Kolo Toure in the summer after Onouha had impressed over the second half of 2008/09.

Whilst a big commitment to turn his back on England (and despite representing England under-21's), Onouha in fairness is a some way down the pecking order in terms of an England call-up so Nigeria does look a far better option for him in terms of playing international football.

Given that he was born in Nigeria and lived there until he was seven years old, we are hardly talking about a Craig Kieswetter situation either.