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I am fitter than ever and ready to play for S'Eagles – Martins to Gernot Rohr

I am fitter than ever and ready to play for S'Eagles – Martins to Gernot Rohr

Former Inter Milan forward Obafemi Martins has expressed his readiness to play again for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, should Coach Gernot Rohr consider him for selection, in the build up to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Martins, who has played in England, Italy, Spain, USA, Russia and now China with Shanghai Shenhua said he wasn’t finished with his international career with the Super Eagles, Vanguard reports.

Obafemi Martins open to Super Eagles return

Obafemi Martins open to Super Eagles return

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He said: “I am never through with international football. If the new coach of Nigeria Gernot Rohr needs me, I will gladly honour his call. I am fitter than ever.

“You have to respect the quality of the young players who are coming through with the national team, they deserve to be given their chance in the team.”

He argued that the Chinese league, which has continued to attract Nigerian players, was not as weak as people make it to be.

He said: “Playing in China is way higher than in the past, we now have top model professionals in the league, so it’s no longer a case of if you go to China, you are winding down your career."

After two years absence from the international duty, Martins played 15 minutes on his return to the Super Eagles in Nigeria’s 2-0 victory over Swaziland on November 15, 2016.

The appearance was the 41st of Martins' international career.

Before that, Martins last played for the Super Eagles against Kenya in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match.

He has scored 18 goals in 41 games for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

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