Fenerbahçe defender Bright Osai Samuel said he considered playing for England and Turkey instead of Nigeria.
Born in Nigeria, Osaii Samuel moved with his family to Spain before immigrating to England when he was ten years old.
The 24-year-old was eligible to represent Nigeria and England.
After his impressive performances with Fenerbahçe, the Turkish Football Association was also keen on the player representing the national team.
However, the versatile defender made his debut for the Super Eagles in a 4-0 defeat by Portugal last week, playing the full 90 minutes of the game.
Osai-Samuel stated that he was desperate to play international football, adding that he would have played for England or Turkey if Nigeria had not come.
“I never played in the lower age groups in England. I didn’t play in Nigeria either. I went to the field for the first time at the age of 24. I even thought about playing for Turkey,” he said in an interview with The Independent according to Fotospor.
I thought about playing for England and Turkey – the new Super Eagles star, Osayi Samuel