West Brom striker Victor Anichebe has stated that he has not spoken with anyone representing the Nigerian football Federation in the last few weeks regarding the recall to the national team.
As one of the top strikers available for selection, Anichebe is almost certain to be part of the squad that will fly to Brazil in order to take part in the World Cup 2014. However, the former Everton striker has made himself unavailable for the national team in the last few years in order to concentrate on his club career. Now, he acknowledges that the World Cup 2014 may be his last opportunity to play in a major tournament.
Since he is doing well at the moment, Anichebe says that the possibility of returning to the national team is high. The striker, though, nobody from the Nigerian football Federation – including the manager Stephen Keshi – has not contacted him about possible recall. This puts his participation in the World Cup in doubt. Nigeria recently won the African cup of nations and are regarded as one of the strongest representatives from this continent. They have a great chance of making it into the knockout stages of the tournament after being grouped alongside Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Iran.
Argentina are expected to win the group comfortably, while Nigeria are the favourites to finish in the second place.
“I haven’t spoken to anybody, that goes from the federation to Stephen Keshi himself. We will see what happens. Right now I’m playing well, feeling fit, strong and helping my team in the situation we are currently in at the moment. If I continue to play well from now to the end of the season then we can take it from there. The Premier League is watched around the world so it’s easy to see what qualities I can bring to the team,” said Anichebe.