Super Eagles could have another famous player in their ranks as Premier League star Phillip Billing is on the verge of having a rethink about international future.
In the past few days, several reports have suggested that AFC Bournemouth star Philip Anyanwu Billing has commenced the process of switching allegiance from Denmark to Nigeria because of the continuous snub from the European nation.
According to ESPN, the rumour has been termed ‘Undecided’ courtesy of sources in the Nigeria Football Federation which revealed that the Bournemouth midfielder is yet to file the required papers with FIFA to process the documentation of his nationality switch.
It was revealed that Everton midfielder, Alex Iwobi spoke to the 23-year-old former Huddersfield Town player about the possibility of making his international mark with the three-time African Champions but Billing who was born in Copenhagen Denmark couldn’t join the likes of William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Semi Ajayi, Ola Aina and Maduka Okoye as players with dual nationalities to play for Super Eagles.
In quotes translated from BT, Billing said: “It wasn’t until when we (Cherries) were going to play against Everton when Alex Iwobi asked if I might be interested in coming and playing for Nigeria.
“He said the coach had asked me. It was the first time I heard anything concrete myself.”
He added: “It’s a pat on the back that another country would like you to play for them. I just take that as a shrug and proof that you are doing well.”
It would feel strange to have to play for Nigeria, even though my father is from there.
“I am half Nigerian and I feel that way too but I was born and raised in Denmark. My mother is Danish and my sister is Danish, so it would feel strange to have to play for Nigeria.”
Back in November 2018, Billing officially turned down an approach by the Nigeria Football Federation as they tried to convince him to switch his international allegiance to the Nigeria national team and in March 2019, he received his first call-up to the Denmark national team but Billing who won the best young player award thrice with Huddersfield Town isn’t 100 percent sure of committing his future to the European nation.
Meanwhile, a close look at his social media handle suggest that Coach Gernot Rohr could be having another disciple available for possible addition to the loaded Nigerian senior national team and the youngster could be seen playing alongside and contesting for shirts with Oghenekaro Peter Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi, Joe Ayodele Aribo, Mikel Agu and Alex Iwobi while Ovie Ejaria has reportedly joined the growing list.
Billing who signed for Premier League outfit AFC Bournemouth on a long-term contract for a £15 million fee in 2019 has followed the Super Eagles officially on Twitter to further put exclamation to the speculations.