–Regrets not playing in France
Seattle Sounders of USA forward,Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins has called time on his international career after he was overlooked by out-of-contract Eagles boss, Stephen Keshi from the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2015 AFCON qualifiers.
“I am done with my national team, I will not go there anymore. I do not have good relationships with some companions. If they do not want me anymore, patience,” Martins told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I love my country, I have given so much. But there are problems and although I am called up, I do not go.”
Obagoal made a scoring debut for Nigeria on May 29, 2004 against the Republic of Ireland.
Meanwhile Martins has been voted Sounders’ Most Valuable Player and won the club’s Golden Boot as its top scorer a day after he lost the Major League Soccer MVP award to Robbie Keane.
Martins set a club record with 17 goals (fifth in MLS) and matched a club record with 13
assists (tied for fifth in MLS). His five multi-goal games were tied for second in MLS, and his four game-winning assists were tied for fourth. The forward started 29 of his 31 appearances in 2014 and accumulated 2,600 minutes, and Sounders FC was 12-0-0 in games in which Martins scored a goal.
Martins has also pleaded with fans to stop attacking his brother-in-law, Mario Balotelli, claiming the Liverpool of England forward is not as bad as he has been painted by the media.
“I watched the Premier League on TV recently, Mario is a great guy and should be left alone,’he pleaded.
Having featured in Italy, England, Germany, Russia and Spain,the former Ebedei star
however regretted not playing in the French Ligue 1 but was quit to add that he is happy playing for Seattle Sounders.
“I just signed a renewal and I’m happy here. Seattle is a great city,”
“I can say I played in the top leagues in the world but I’m only missing the French championship.”
The former Inter Milan forward played 39 times for Nigeria and scored 18 goals and represented the three time African Champions at four major tournaments.