Bournemouth midfielder considering playing for Nigeria after omission from Denmark Euro 2020 squad:: All Nigeria Soccer

Bournemouth midfielder considering playing for Nigeria after omission from Denmark Euro 2020 squad:: All Nigeria Soccer

Bournemouth midfielder considering playing for Nigeria after omission from Denmark Euro 2020 squad

Bournemouth star Philip Billing is considering switching his international allegiance to Nigeria after he was omitted from Denmark’s 26-man roster for the upcoming European Championship.

Manager Kasper Hjulmand has named seven midfielders in the squad list, picking Christian Eriksen (Inter Milan), Thomas Delaney (Borussia Dortmund), Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham), Daniel Wass (Valencia), Mathias Jensen (Brentford), Anders Christiansen (Malmo) and Christian Nørgaard (Brentford) ahead of Billing.

Billing has played only one match for Denmark’s senior team, a friendly against Faroe Islands in October 2020 when he was in action for 72 minutes and before then made thirteen appearances combined for Denmark U19 and U21 teams.

The 24-year-old central midfielder , who is a player of interest to Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, previously stated that it will be strange to represent Nigeria as he feels one hundred percent Danish but is now reconsidering the decision.

Speaking to BT, Billing explained : “My father is from Nigeria, so I have thought about it, and I know that Nigeria would very much like me.

“I have talked to the coach several times, so it is something I have thought about more after I have not been selected for the European Championships.

“There will also soon be a World Cup that I will have to think about. I am almost 25 years old and I have only played one international match. I also have something I would like to achieve in my career.”

Billing impressed for Bournemouth in the 2020-2021 campaign,  scoring eight goals and providing four assists in 34 appearances in the Championship.

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