Back in August, Chelsea winger Victor Moses announced his retirement from international football. The Nigeria international said that he wanted to focus more of his time on his club career, so he decided to hang up his international cleats following Nigeria’s brief run at the World Cup in Russia last summer.
While Moses said his primary focus was on helping his club, the 28-year-old has found life difficult under new manager Maurizio Sarri. Moses has rarely featured for Chelsea since Sarri took the managerial job over the summer. With his club career currently floundering, officials with the Nigerian national side are optimistic that they will be able to talk the player into coming out of his brief international retirement.
Most betting sites do not have Nigeria listed as a favorite to win the upcoming UEFA Nations League. Most reputable sites (check out the following link for information about promotions) list England as heavy betting favorites to win the competition, followed by Portugal, the Netherlands and Switzerland. However, adding Moses to the side would at least boost Nigeria’s odds a bit.
Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick says that he has plans to meet with Moses in order to discuss his potential future with the team.
Pinnick said, “I have arranged to meet with him [Moses] and his agent in England. I believe the way Moses left the national team was unexpected and sudden. I want to speak with him and make him understand how important it is to return. I’d love for us to get him back. We’ll see what will happen.”
Moses emerged as a regular rotation player under former manager Antonio Conte, but he has made just six total appearances in all competitions so far this season under the new manager. Just two of those appearances have come in the Premier League, including one start.
Pinnick is of the belief that Moses still has plenty left in the tank and that he can help the Super Eagles in the years to come. He added, “Moses comes with a lot of experience and has won the Nations Cup by playing an important role. We have a talented young squad, but he can make significant contribution as an experience player. It will be his decision at the end of the day, but even if he has to leave – then we have to honour him like England did with Wayne Rooney.”
Even without Moses in the squad, Nigeria were able to qualify for this year’s Nations Cup and they are currently ranked as the fourth-best team on the African continent. The Super Eagles are ranked No. 44 in FIFA’s worldwide rankings as of this writing.
Moses started his international career representing England’s under-21 side before switching his allegiance to Nigeria once it became clear that it would be tough for him to feature regularly with the Three Lions. Moses, who originally hails from Lagos, Nigeria, made his international debut for the Super Eagles in 2012 for a match against Rwanda.
Moses was born in Nigeria before leaving and seeking asylum in the United Kingdom as an 11-year-old. He spent his youth career playing for Crystal Palace’s academy in South London. He made his senior debut for Palace in 2007, and he would go on to score 11 goals in 58 appearances with the club. After 3 years with the senior side, Moses was sold to Wigan, where he played for 2 seasons before making a high-profile switch to Chelsea.
Moses has officially been a Chelsea player since 2012, though he has enjoyed loan spells at Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham United, as well. Moses has scored 7 goals in 87 appearances for the Blues, and he has found the back of the net 12 times in just 37 appearances for Nigeria.
Pinnick concluded, “I still believe he can change his mind and continue to wear the national colours with pride, that is what I will be hoping for when we meet.”
Moses won the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria in 2013, and he has represented his country at both the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.