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Martins: I’d jump at the chance to play for Super Eagles again

Martins: I’d jump at the chance to play for Super Eagles again
August 02
16:01 2015

Obafemi Martins is ready to return to the Super Eagles after two years absence from the team.

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The Seattle Sounders striker last played for Nigeria in 2013 against Kenya but has admitted that he cannot turn his back on his country if he’s still needed.

“Things have changed at home and if the new coach [Sunday Oliseh] said he wants me to play for Nigeria again, I’d jump at the chance,” Martins told BBC Sport.

“The opportunity to represent a country of over 170 million people doesn’t come often and I will never turn it down.

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“But right now I’m just focusing on giving my best to Seattle Sounders and take it from there.”

With 18 goals in 39 internationals for Nigeria, the former Inter Milan and Newcastle forward insists that he never retired from international football, in spite of being left out of the 2014 World Cup squad.

“I am a Nigerian and playing for my country is always an honour,” he said.

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“I never announced my retirement, as wrongly reported. I was a bit disappointed to be treated like a Nigeria outcast but it was not enough to push me into an early retirement.

“I know if I have a good, successful season with Sounders and Nigeria come calling, fair enough. If they don’t, then hopefully I’ll have something big to celebrate in Major League Soccer.”

Since moving to Seattle, he has scored 35 goals and made 20 assists in 71 appearances for the club.

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