Chelsea star Victor Moses has dismissed widely-held suggestions he picks and chooses the games he plays for Nigeria, insisting he always wants to be fully fit before donning the green shirts of his country.
After representing England at various age-grade levels, Moses, 26, made his Nigeria debut in 2012 when he changed his international allegiance.
The flying winger, who played a key role as the Super Eagles tamed Cameroon’s Lions in the just concluded World Cup qualification double-header, has since won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations for Nigeria and featured at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
And the Chelsea man said he was disappointed by the insinuations that he does not always want to play for his country, Vanguard writes.
“Yes, everyone says that I select games. I have heard it myself,” he said.
“But it is what it is. I never run away from challenges. I love to play football, why would I run away from playing football? That is what we are meant to do.
“But people keep saying that I choose games for Nigeria… But I need to clear the air now, that is not true. If I have got an injury, I have got an injury. Whenever I want to play for Nigeria, I must be 100 percent, I want to give everything. But if I have got an injury, I don’t want to force myself because I am going to look stupid on the pitch.”
Moses was rested as Chelsea rolled over Qarabag in the Champions League Tuesday, but will return to action in this weekend’s Premier League clash against London rivals Arsenal.