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Anichebe keen on World Cup place

The Baggies striker has stated his readiness to play for Nigeria at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. West Brom forward Victor Anichebe has stated he would be glad to be a part of the Nigeriateam to the 2014 Fifa World Cup. The former Everton player who last year asked that he should excused from the national team also claimed that he has not been contacted by either the Nigeria Football Federation or coach Stephen Keshi to fight for a place in the World Cup-bound team.

The 25-years-old attacker also says he is feeling fit and strong to play in the quadrennial world football showpiece which to him could be his last chance to taste World Cup action. If I continue to play well from now to the end of the season then we can take it from there,” Anichebe told BBC Sport.

“I’m grateful that the coach says he is willing to give me a chance, but I think everybody in Nigeria and around the world knows what I can do and capable of. The Premier League is watched around the world so it’s easy to see what qualities I can bring to the team. If not, there are so many other talented Nigerians around the world that would also love the opportunity to represent their country and play in such a prestigious tournament.

“Yes the World Cup only comes once in every four years and it could be my last opportunity – this is something I’m aware of but I haven’t spoken to anybody,” he said. Anichebe also disclosed that he did not decide to withdraw from international duty because he failed to make the World Cup squad four years ago.

“I must commend the players that got Nigeria to this year’s World Cup because I did the same thing a few years ago,” he said. But then I played a friendly game and got man of the match in nearly every newspaper in Nigeria yet I still didn’t go to South Africa, which was a shame and a great disappointment.
But I held no grudges and still returned to play for Nigeria before I suffered an injury. What happened in 2010 showed that some decisions obviously have no logic but that’s life at times,” he concluded.

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