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Zirkzee Dreams Of Playing For Netherlands Instead Of Nigeria

Zirkzee Dreams Of Playing For Netherlands Instead Of Nigeria

Bayern Munich forward Jonathan Zirkzee says he hopes to fulfil his ambition of playing for the Netherlands at the senior level.

Zirkzee, 18, who was born to Nigerian parents in the Netherlands has featured for the Dutch at the U-17 level.

He has attracted interest from the Nigeria Football Federation and Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr after finding his way into Bayern Munich’s first-team this season.

Following the postponement of the European Championship to 2021, Zirkzee fancies his chances of playing for the Dutch national team.

When asked about playing for the Netherlands in the competition, he told VTBL; “No, I’m not really working on that yet. I’m not a regular based player here, so I don’t think I should think about it then, but I have also seen how fast things can go, so of course, it is very secretly in the back of your mind.

“Oranje is a dream and as a young footballer I think it makes sense to dream about it.”

The 18-year-old made his Bayern Munich debut in a Champions League match against Tottenham back in December, and he has scored three goals in five Bundesliga outings since then.

He is hoping to cap his maiden campaign in the first-team with silverware.

“Certainly, that is the first step,” he added.

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“But we also really want to win the Champions League, the whole club longs for that. Even though we first have to see how it will all end. We all hope that we can go again soon, to start.”

Bayern Munich have commenced training in small groups with the club following the German government’s guidance on coronavirus precautions.

Zirkzee is in a group of four with Alphonso Davies, David Alaba and Robert Lewandowski, and he reveals how Hans-Dieter Flick’s side makes the most of their time at Sabener Strasse.

“We train in separate groups of four, maximum five people. Group 1 must be at the club by 10 am and start when group two has to change. We are now also using the changing rooms of the second team, so actually you always change alone,” he said.

“Every day, we actually follow a course in which everything is included. Technique, condition, finishing, everything is discussed.”

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  • Edoman 4 years ago

    The NFF should not give up on this kid. Should continue to talk to his parents. At 18, he is not fully grown up yet. Let him visit Lagos, Nigeria with his parents whenever he is free to do so.

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