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Moses: I don’t pick Eagles’ matches

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Moses: I don’t pick Eagles’ matches

Super Eagles attacker Victor Moses has dispelled insinuations he handpicks matches to play for Nigeria, insisting he always wants to be fit before appearing for his country.

The 26-year-old has come under criticism because he frequently opts out of Eagles’ matches, he was not in some key games including the ties against Zambia in Ndola and the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa. His work rate and commitment are always not in doubt anytime he turns out for Nigeria but that has not won over his critics.

The Chelsea player said he would rather stay away than give dismal performances in Eagles’ jersey because of injury. “Yes, everyone says that I select games. I have heard it myself,” he said.

“But it is what it is. I never run away from challenges. I love to play football, why would I run away from playing football? That is what we are meant to do,” he said.

“But people keep saying that I choose games for Nigeria … But I need to clear the air now, that is not true. “If I have got an injury, I have got an injury. Whenever I want to play for Nigeria, I must be 100 percent, I want to give everything. But if I have got an injury, I don’t want to force myself because I am going to look stupid on the pitch.”

Moses, 26 made his Nigeria debut in 2012 when he changed his international allegiance after representing England at various age-grade levels.

He has since won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria and featured at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Moses played a key role in the draw and victory in successive matches against Cameroon this month that moved Nigeria closer to qualification for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

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