Victor Moses has surprisingly announced his retirement from international football after just six years of wearing Nigeria’s green and white shirt.
The Chelsea winger took to Twitter to announce his decision on Wednesday and explained that he wants to focus on playing for his club, taking care of his “young family” and creating the chance for younger players to take his place.
He also highlighted that wearing the Nigerian shirt will leave him with “some of the best momeries” in his career as a football player.
“I would like to announce that after much thought I have made the decision to retire from playing international football. I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me tha will last me a lifetime. Nothing will ever compete to what it felt like to represent Nigeria on behalf of our country.
— Victor Moses (@VictorMoses) August 15, 2018
“However I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to be able to step away in order to be able to focus fully on club career and my young family as well as to allow the next generation of Super Eagles stars the opportunity to step up and to flourish. We are blessed as a nation to have so many exciting young players coming through and now is their time,” said Moses in a statement.
The decision of the 27-year-old will come as a shock not only to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) currently embroiled in a leadership crisis but also to the football-following fans of the African nation.
The former Crystal Palace man has made 37 appearances for Nigeria and scored 12 goals since his international switch in November 2011.
Moses previously featured for England from U16 to U21 levels before committing his international future to Nigeria at the senior level which has led to his winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 and appearing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
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