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“I see myself as a Dane” – Huddersfield’s Philip Billing ‘not thinking’ about Super Eagles switch

Huddersfield midfielder Philip Billing says he is not thinking about a switch of allegiance from Denmark – his country of birth – to the Nigeria national team.

Billing has represented the Danish U-20 national team but he is yet eligible to don the Nigerian colours should he consider a switch.

The 22-year-old has however stated that although he is in the know that his agents have been approached by Super Eagles officials, he’s ‘not thinking’ about representing the Eagles in a foreseeable future.

“It says I’ve talked with them. But I have not personally had contact with the Nigerian national team at all, ” Philip Billing told Danish outlet BT after local reports suggested coach Gernot Rohr had approached the player.

“I know my agents have said that Nigeria has approached them. There’s not much in it … that’s the most if I want to play for the Nigerian national team, so I think it could be possible. But that’s not something I’m thinking about.”

Asked if he might be tempted to switch allegiance to Nigeria in future, Billing replied:

“No, I see myself as a Dane, and I also play the Danish U21 national team. So no, I have not thought if I should be honest.”

Billing has made a big impact in Huddersfield’s team this season and has a goal to his name in 13 appearances for them so far this term.

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