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English press mounts pressure on Onuoha

*To commit self to England
*Player considers Nigeria

MANCHESTER City boss, Roberto Mancini, has promised not to influence Nedum Onuoha’s decision on who to pledge his international future. Onuoha, who is England U-21 defender, has indicated he is thinking of switching allegiance to Nigeria.

The decision by the youngster has not gone down well with a section of the English press who want him to commit to the Three Lions. But Onuoha insists he is seriously considering playing for his country of birth, Nigeria, where former Sweden Coach, Lars Lagerback, is in charge of the national team.

Mancini said: “I have not spoken with Nedum and it must be a personal decision.

“I think he would like to play for England but if this is difficult, then appearing in the World Cup is important for a player.

Nedum Onuoha

“If he has a chance of playing for Nigeria then that is a good thing. But he has to decide.”

Meanwhile, Onuoha scored his team’s fourth goal in the 5-1 routing of Birmingham City on Sunday.

City is now four points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham, which still has to travel to Eastlands, thanks to a devastating spell of three goals in five minutes at the end of the first half.

Carlos Tevez’s penalty put City in front and Onuoha added a second, with Adebayor touching in a third after Cameron Jerome had pulled one back.

Onuoha scored a fourth midway through the second-half before Adebayor completed the hammering with a fifth goal late for City, which hosts bitter rivals, Manchester United this weekend.


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