Ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia by June, German born defender with Nigerian decent Felix Uduokhai has not ruled out the possibility of representing Nigeria at the tournament.
Uduokhai plays as a central defender for German Bundesliga liga side Wolfsburg, a club that also has former U-17 Golden Eaglets striker Victor Osimhen in their ranks.
Uduokhai’s father is a Nigerian married to a German woman, but the defender who has been a regular for Wolfsburg this season, has now opened up the possibility of teaming up with the Super Eagles after previously turning down the chance of a switch with the German national team on his mind.
”I have not been to Nigeria often yet, but I talk a lot about it with my dad, and have family there. That’s where my roots lie, it’s important to me to stay neutral, ” Uduokhai said while he spoke with Kicker in an interview.
”Of course, the German national team is the top in world football, but also Nigeria is well staffed. Currently, I’m really open to both sides.”
It is understood that the Nigeria Football Federation have begun the process to cap Uduokhai but could face stiff competition with Germany, whose U21 boss Stefan Kuntz is also interested in the services of the young defender, a prospect that seems to interest the defender who spoke about it.
”I would be happy (to get another call-up), then I would definitely go,” added Uduokhai.
He was handed a maiden call-up to Germany’s U21 national team earlier this season but pulled out of the squad due to injury.