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Billing: Why I’m Not Thinking About Playing For Nigeria

Billing: Why I’m Not Thinking About Playing For Nigeria

Huddersfield midfielder, Philip Billing, says he is not thinking about Switching his international allegiance because he has not received any concrete proposal to represent Nigeria though he is aware that his agents have been approached in that regard by the Super Eagles’ representatives, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Billing, 22, has represented the Danish U-19 and U-21 national teams but he is still eligible to represent Nigeria due to his parentage roots.

He has been one of Huddersfield Town’s standout players this season in the English Premier League, and has featured in all 13 games for the club this term.

Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, told CSN in an exclusive chat earlier this week that one of his assistants has established contacts with Billing to discuss the possibility of the player representing Nigeria.

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“They said I’ve talked with them. But I have not personally had contact with the Nigerian national team at all,” Billing told Danish outlet, www.bt.dk.

“I know my agents have said that Nigeria has approached them. There’s not much in it, that’s the most if I want to play for the Nigerian national team, so I think it could be possible. But that’s not something I’m thinking about.”

Asked if he might be tempted to switch allegiance to Nigeria in future, Billing stated that it is not something on his mind now.

“No, I see myself as a Dane, and I also play with the Danish U21 national team. So no, I have not thought if I would change.”

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • Paulos8 2 years ago

    I like his reply, he can’t just say yes without meeting him personally,so that he doesn’t look cheap…. He wants to be valued.  

  • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

    Enough of all this fake report about players committing to Nigeria when we know NFF has not made any direct contact rather than portraying unprofessional sense of Approach!

  • Aleks 2 years ago

    We have to be very careful on how we go about getting these players that already played for other countries. The National team is not a club side and should not be seen to be “shopping” for players with promises that could come to haunt us later. The National team is a place for players who first of all feel Nigerian and see it as an honour to represent Nigeria. If these two basic ingredients are lacking, then we should not even start with such players. Our National team shouldn’t be made of “mercenaries”…..my two cents!

  • Austin 2 years ago

    From his comments, I think we should forget him. We don’t need him.

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 2 years ago

    He doesn’t worth it. Forget about him. He is not even playing in the Premier League. [email protected]@k him.

    • Glofosnet 2 years ago

      “He has been one of Huddersfield Town’s standout players this season in the English Premier League, and has featured in all 13 games for the club this term” But to be candid,has anyone watched his game. Is he really that good? If he was that good,and his position is needed, the coach would have gone to look for him or watch his game just as he did with Musa

      • Yes he is really that good. Billing is class! He may even turn out for England. I’ve seen him play numerous times, good passes, great shots, neat tackler….he is a complete package.

    • He plays for Huddersfield…

    • Chairmanfemi 2 years ago

      He plays for Huddersfield,England.

  • abeg forget dis guy… NFF please we don’t want him. there are other players begging to represent Nigeria… we have players that are ready to do anything to play for us but instead NFF is making our national team look cheap in the eyes of all this boys that are not even average players yet

  • Ara Nkita 2 years ago

    This guy said he feels Danish. Please respect yourself and leave him alone.
    We have so many talents in Nigeria who feel Nigerian, get them.
    Kelechi Nwakali(play him in his natural position), chidiebere Nwakali,etc. These are midfielders doing exploits elsewhere and we are busy scouting those who no send us.
    Mr Rhor,please look inwards and value homegrown talents.

    • Ikeben 2 years ago

      True talk. And NFF and Rohr should not be too quick to announce to the media who they are scouting when they have not spoken to the person or are sure of the person’s aligience. We should have learnt from the Tammy Abraham’s case.

      • Obot uko 2 years ago

        Pls develop ourleaque and you won’t need these foreign Nigerians.

  • _No I see myself as a Dane_, and I also play with the Danish U21 national team. he just said he is not a Nigerian and he is still playing for Denmark so forget him. he just embarrassed us.

  • There are Good players the NFF should look at and invite ASAP..One of such players is JONAS DAVID Of FC HAMBURG In The German Bundeslga 2..The coach of the Flying Eagles  Paul Aigbogun Should Quickly Invite him Now.CS Pls Promote This Talent.He Wants To Play For Naija.

  • Paschal 2 years ago

    What better way can someone show his lack of interest. He says he is dane. Says nobody has contacted him even tho they have contrlacted his agents. If we contact his agent havent we contacted him? I knew the man wont play for us. We are just wasting time on this guy. Denmark wont even allow that cos they also dont have too many quality players. Verdict: Forget him and move on.

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 2 years ago

    I saw him in today’s match. He is not good enough. I repeat, f**k him.

  • Ikponmwosa Ayewoh 2 years ago

    Lean Balogun is good enough to play for Nigeria but stays on the bench while Philip Billing is not good but has so far played all 13 games this season for Huddersfield Town this season. Victor Moses was good enough but couldn’t command regular playing time in Chelseas team until Conte converted him into a wing back. We should rather be positive in our comments here for Billing the Danes has done more for him and his father or should I say parents than Nigeria has. Why go to press with such information when you know you’ve not spoken with the person that is concern but his agent. We know that this agents wants their clients to play for a European country that is well organised and will put them more in business. As a Danes he can play in England and be giving a work permit but as a Nigerian he must have played 75% for his country in a major tournament, competitions or qualifiers. Whenever we do the right thing that is the Nigerian football federation and do it fast then these Nigerians of foreign desent or in diaspera will gladly change allegiance to play for Nigeria. Olisadebe was courted to play for Poland immediately after France 98 secretly he did he went on to qualify Poland for Korea/Japan 2002 world cup as the highest goal scorer but had a disappointing world cup. Olisadebe played in Nigerian league before going to Europe when he switched allegiance to Poland it was secretly done not openly. Look at Kevin Akpogoma that wants to switch Allegiance to Nigeria has the NFF commenced the paper work legally or it only on paper and social media. That was how we lost Tammy Abraham because Pinnick granted interview to an international media just because he is a close family friend to the family without first getting the consent of the player. Nigeria must learn to do the right thing first before addressing the PRESS.