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I never refused to play for Nigeria, former Man City star claims

Former Manchester City defender, Nedum Onuoha has strongly denied claims that he refused the chance to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The former Captain of the England U-21 squad, who was born in Warri, Delta State and raised in England was unable to honour invites from the Nigeria Football Federal and former Coaches Shuaibu Amodu and Berti Vogts.

However, in an Instagram Live session with Team Nigeria UK, Onuoha explained : “For the first five years of my career, I played for the U20s and U21s of England and the only time I got a call up for Nigeria in my career was from Berti Vogts when he was manager and this was in 2010.

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“I got a call up from him saying he wanted me for the AFCON and at that time Roberto Mancini had just become manager at Man City and I was out of his plans and Berti was calling just before the turn of the year.

“This was the first time it happened that I wasn’t part of the first team. I didn’t want to leave and I was worried about leaving for AFCON and having nothing when I come back because people say this is a shop window, it raises your profile and for some people it’s not the case.”

Onuoha, 34, announced his retirement from playing professional football following the end of the 2020 season and last played for Major League Soccer (MLS) side, Real Salt Lake.

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