By Ben Efe
Eagles technical adviser, Lars Lagerback, has declared that there would be no room in his team, for players who approach the team with a half heart.
The Swede said that he expects the players he would invite to the team to give 100 per cent just like they give to their Europan clubs.
â€œI need to tell them that even if they make so much money in football playing for clubs in Europe, when it comes to the national team you must be proud of playing for your country.
â€œSo I will try to motivate them and explain that to them as best as I can.â€œBut if I find out that a player doesnâ€™t want to do his best for the team, he shouldnâ€™t be in my squad,â€ said Lagerback in an interview with FIFA.com.
He said that his search for players would not be limited to the European League. He would also look out for talents in the local league.
He said that the short period of preparations notwith-standing, he can produce a team that will go far at the 2010 World Cup starting on June 12 with a game against former Champions Argentina.
â€œI can make an appreciable impact with the Super Eagles despite the short time between when I took up this job and the World Cup.
â€œI hope I will have at least three weeks to work with the players. In three weeks, you can do a lot.â€ The coach who is on his first job outside Sweden said that he will have a lookÂ at all the players before making up his mind, which player that he will invite to the team. And this includes captain Nwankwo Kanu.
I would like to work with Kanu because for me he is a kind of a legend. But everybody is getting older by the day so sometimes you do not qualify any more. â€œI need to see Kanu and other players to decide. I would like to see them, meet them and also talk to them.â€