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I Won’t Beg Saka To Play For Nigeria, Says Rohr

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Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has been discussing the nation’s potential ability to call up several England based players and claims that Nigeria will not be begging the likes of Arsenal’s breakout star Bukayo Saka.

Saka has been a revelation for Arsenal this season. The 18-year-old has thrived in Arsenal’s left-back role although Mikel Arteta sees him settling into a more advanced wide role in the future.

His excellent form has not only been with Arsenal. Saka has been impressive for the England under-19s, with four goals in 10 games at that level.

Born in Ealing, Saka has Nigerian parents and is therefore eligible to play for the Super Eagles. However, coach Rohr has made it clear that Saka will need to make the first move, as Nigeria will not come begging for his services.

He was speaking specifically about Bournemouth’s Danish midfielder Phillip Billing and QPR midfield talent Eberechi Eze, an England under-21 international. However, the same would apply to Saka

“We never beg anybody. But if they want to come, if they are good players, yes. Some players sometimes want to come but we have already better players in these positions.

“We hope Eze will come. But you know there is a process to follow. “If they play already for the youth teams in England or other countries, there is a process, write a letter, go to the FIFA commission, and so on.”

In December, Saka spoke to the BBC about his international future and remained non-committal. He certainly sounded open to the idea of one day playing for either Nigeria or England.

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Tiger Woods Hospitalised After Car Crash

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US golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalized Tuesday after a car crash in which his vehicle sustained “ major damage , ” the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s department said .
Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics and taken to a local hospital for treatment , a statement said.
The extent of his injuries was not known . The roll -over collision near Los Angeles did not involve any other vehicles .

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FIFA Clears Eight Players For Super Eagles

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FIFA has cleared eight new players for the Super Eagles.
Fulham’s forward Ademola Lookman is on top of the list.
Others on the list are:
* Jordan Torunarigha Hertha BSC
* Nathan Tella Southampton FC
* Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham FC
* Ovie Ejaria Reading FC
* Noni Madueke PSV
* Sheyi Ojo Cardiff City

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Arsenal Complete Martin Odegaard Signing

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Arsenal have made an official statement to confirm that they have signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on loan. The 22-year-old Norwegian international has joined the Premier League heavyweights for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
Odegaard was touted for big things upon returning from his impressive loan spell at Real Sociedad, having been recalled from a two-year spell with La Real early, last summer. However, the 22-year-old has struggled to nail down his spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side, managing just nine outings in all competitions till date. His situation alerted Arsenal, who have quickly moved to sign him.
The interest from Arsenal makes a great deal of sense, seeing as they have lacked a genuine creative powerhouse in the squad this season. While Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka provided respite in recent weeks, the Gunners have still been in need of another out-and-out attacking playmaker, especially following the infamous departure of Mesut Ozil.
On his part, the young Norwegian was intent on temporarily leaving Real Madrid, which brought Arsenal on the verge of signing him this week. With Los Blancos unwilling to let him join Real Sociedad again, Arsenal became the favourites to sign him and have now secured his services. Upon his arrival, Mikel Arteta expressed his delight at having landed Odegaard.
The Arsenal boss said, “It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season. Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while. Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”

 

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