Joshua Zirkzee: Former Bayern Munich Forward Provides an Update on Playing for Nigeria

Joshua Zirkzee: Former Bayern Munich Forward Provides an Update on Playing for Nigeria

Ero Samson
updated at February 19, 2024 at 9:02 AM
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  • The international future of Joshua Zirkzee has continued to become a subject of discussion
  • The 22-year-old is eligible to play for both the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Netherlands
  • The former Bayern Munich forward has given an update on his international football future

Joshua Zirkzee has blossomed into one of Europe’s top forwards since his transfer to Italian Serie A side, Bologna.

The 22-year-old, who made a name for himself at Bayern Munich, has been instrumental in pushing Thiago Motta’s side towards what could be their first top-four finish since 1966.

On the international stage, Zirkzee has attracted attention from both Nigeria and the Netherlands, who both seem to want the in-form striker in their squads for the upcoming international window in March.

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Joshua Zirkzee looks on during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and Bologna FC. Image: Ciro De Luca.
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Born in Schiedam, Zirkzee is eligible to play for the Super Eagles through his Nigerian mother.

Having represented the Netherlands at the various youth levels, recent reports suggest the Dutch Football Association are actively working to secure his commitment to their senior national team.

However, Zirkzee's public support for Nigeria during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations has sparked discussions about his potential desire to play for the West Africans.

Amid the speculation surrounding his international future, the Bologna forward has given an update on his preference.

Zirkzee on his international future

In an interview with Italian media outlet, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Zirkzee was asked about his international future and made his aspirations clear:

"My dream is to represent my country. Every young footballer in the Netherlands dreams of following in the footsteps of [Marco] Van Basten and other legendary strikers. That's the highest you can get.
"Winning trophies is fantastic, but playing for your nation is truly special, especially in major tournaments like the World Cup or European Championship. That's one of my biggest dreams.
"With the European Championship in Germany, where I've also played, it would be even more special. If I'm not there as a player, I'll definitely be there supporting."

The words of the 22-year-old should calm the speculation surrounding his international allegiance.

While the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had shown interest in the player previously, Zirkzee's comments suggest he has ruled out representing the West African nation.

Brentford welcomes Onyeka

In news related to Nigerian football, Sports Brief also reported on Brentford FC's welcome for Frank Onyeka, upon his return from the AFCON.

The 26-year-old, who played a crucial role in his country's campaign, was greeted with enthusiastic cheers from his English domestic side.

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Ero Samson
Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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