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Onuoha rules self out of Eagles

Nedum Onuoha’s name has been struck off Nigeria’s provisional World Cup squad after the Manchester City defender ruled himself out of consideration to represent the country of his birth.


Onuoha’s on and off relationship with Nigeria appeared to have taken a decisive turn for the better when he declared earlier this month that he would consider an approach from Nigeria to take part in the World Cup.

But in between making that declaration, and getting phone calls from Nigeria Technical Adviser Lars Lagerback, and Media Officer Idah Peterside, Onuoha changed his mind.

“We spoke to him this week and he said he has not made up his mind yet, but that he would certainly not be available for the World Cup for Nigeria,” Peterside told

“I was mandated by the NFF to speak to him, and the coach also said he would also speak to him, but he had included his name in the preliminary squad of 45 before then.

“I called him up and we spoke a bit. He told me that Lagerback had already called him, but that he hadn’t made up his mind yet what he wanted to do. So he won’t be available for Nigeria at the World Cup.

“Lagerback had to remove his name from the list, which is going to the NFF this weekend.”Peterside added that that list would be made public by the beginning of next week.
“They will receive it this weekend, and release it by this weekend, or early next week at most.”


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