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Ned To Become A Super Eagle?

Nigeria coach Shaibu Amodu wants the excellent Nedum Onuoha to sack aiming for the English senior side and commit to Nigeria...

It must be tempting for City's powerful and loyal 22 year old centre half. The likes of 'Mr.Chelsea' currently block the way forward for Ned and right now, he cannot get into the City side having suffered a knock in pre season and then seen Joleon Lescott and Kolo Toure established as Mark Hughes' early season centre back pairing.

The Manchester schooled and 'A' levelled right up defender was born in Warri (not Warrington) and holds dual Nigerian and British nationality. Having only played for England's Under 21 side, with aplomb it should be said, the way is clear for Ned to take on that famous green shirt.

Amodu revealed: 'We have sent word to Nedum to see if he will be interested. We will get new players but first we have to qualify (for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa).'

And that's not going to be an easy task. Far from it.

Tunisia currently lead Nigeria in their qualifying African Group B and are no mugs. They drew with Tunisia in their last contest but the two sides go head to head in Abuja on Sunday.

Ned must be sorely tempted by the thought of playing in a World Cup Finals. As things stand now, despite his fantastic form this year, his England chances are at best, limited.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 4 2009

Time: 8:08PM

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I'll wish Ned Luck whatever his decision, but on his form of last season I'd say he will break into the England squad in the next few years, especially as Turdinand and Terry are getting on a bit. Really is up to him whether he waits it out or goes for glory in SA 2010 with Nigeria. Don't care who he plays for as long as he continues to show his class in a sky blue shirt.
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04/09/2009 21:27:00

He will ultimately decide what he feels is the best option for himself, but you get the feeling that if he gets a regular game at City that he would get a chance for England in the future as a lot of the other centre halves are all of a similar age of around 30 and a lot of them also suffer regular injury problems.
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04/09/2009 22:49:00

His name CHINEDUM means God take care of me, he should come and play for Nigeria, God will take care of Him here, and he will surly prosper, as the best way to up ur value is to play for your country, and he will definitely be valued here.
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05/09/2009 00:59:00

More to the point is if he does go with Nigeria, we lose him and Kolo for the african nations. Yes Dunney would have got his place back in the side maybe.
Buzz Lightyear
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05/09/2009 07:51:00

Buzz - If that happens then we still have Lescott and Kompany and if need be Richards could also cover at centre half with Zabaleta slotting in at right back.
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05/09/2009 12:26:00

Options at last, eh, fellas?!
Johnny Baguette
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05/09/2009 13:08:00

i thought ned was signing for crystal palace when i read the title.
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05/09/2009 13:42:00

lol, bm! Hope that didn't give you too much of a shock. Thankfully he's signed a new 5 year contract at City....don't tell Richard Dunne...
Johnny Baguette
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05/09/2009 16:41:00

He's a good enough player to play in either side. I have no doubt that if he's patient he will end up playing for England soon enough and at 22 he's got loads of time to develop into one of the premier defenders in world football.
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