Super Eagles’ and Seattle Sounders Striker, Obafemi Martins, has indicated his willingness to return to the national team, saying he is yet to shut the door on Nigeria.
The goal poacher last played for the Super Eagles against Kenya in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match.
Speaking with the BBC, Martins popularly called Obagoal said: “Things have changed at home and if the new coach said he wants me to play for Nigeria again, I’d jump at the chance.
“The opportunity to represent a country of over 170 million people doesn’t come often and I will never turn it down.
“But right now I’m just focusing on giving my best to Seattle Sounders and take it from there.”
Martins, who was among the players who had a fallout with ex-coach Stephen Keshi, was alleged to have retired from international football despite scoring 18 goals in the 39 games he featured for the Eagles.
The 30-year old also further said: “I am a Nigerian and playing for my country is always an honour. I never announced my retirement, as wrongly reported. I was a bit disappointed to be treated like a Nigeria outcast but it was not enough to push me into an early retirement.
“I know if I have a good, successful season with Sounders and Nigeria come calling, fair enough. If they don’t, then hopefully I’ll have something big to celebrate in Major League Soccer.”
Martins began his career with FC Ebedei before moving to Europe where he played for clubs like Inter Milan, VFL Wolfsburg, Newcastle, Levante and Rubin Karzan.