Nigeria and Arsenal football legend, Nwankwo Kanu has reacted after England handed Chelsea stars, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori international call-ups.
The duo who are eligible to play for Nigeria through their parents were on Thursday included in the Three Lions’ squad to face the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in October’s Euro 2020 qualification games. If they make the team sheet in any of the two matches, they will become ineligible to represent the Super Eagles.
Reacting to the call-ups, former Super Eagles captain Kanu, who is unfazed by their call-ups said Nigeria is bigger than any player.
“Our problem is that whenever someone starts doing well, we start chasing them which is not bad because other countries do that,” Kanu told Goal.
“I feel we don’t need to force people to play for the country because Nigeria is bigger than any player.
“We have quality players everywhere so we can’t continue to beg one player to play for us. Nigeria cannot beg, players have to beg Nigeria.
“The best way to always go about this is talking to them to play for their fatherland.
“If they do, it’s good for us and if they don’t we move on. That’s football and I think we have enough and we can win matches without them.”