Anichebe committed to Nigeria
Victor Anichebe has rubbished rumours that he pulled out the Nigeria squad to keep his England hopes alive.
Last Updated: 20/11/07 11:13am
Everton striker Victor Anichebe has rubbished speculation that he pulled out the Nigeria squad at the weekend to keep his England hopes alive.
Anichebe withdrew from Nigeria's squad, which lost 1-0 to Australia at Craven Cottage on Saturday, with a hand injury.
Rumour was rife that the 19-year-old had changed his mind over committing to the country of his birth, as he also qualifies for England having been brought up in Liverpool.
Anichebe, though, insists that he has been struggling with the injury over recent weeks and that his future is committed to Nigeria, who face Switzerland in a friendly on Tuesday.
"Having felt a reaction in my hand after playing against Nurnberg and Chelsea it was clear to me and the medical team at Everton that I need to give it some time otherwise there was the potential for some long-term damage," said Anichebe.
"Any professional footballer has aspirations to play international football and I am delighted I have been fortunate enough to be given that opportunity by Nigeria."