He recently revealed that the decision to play for Nigeria made his family proud and he is happy to be developing his leadership traits in Gernot Rohr’s team.
According to him, he has tried to be more vocal in the team because it means a lot to him to represent such a big nation.
He added that playing for the Super Eagles is special and he sees it as a way of giving back to a country that has given him so much.
His words, “Even my Dutch family are really proud. It means a lot to them for me to represent such a big nation. It’s massive,”
“Hopefully I get to do it some more. The last few games, yeah [I’ve been made captain]. I’ve always been quite vocal and a leader in the team. We’ve had some great captains in [Ahmed] Musa, who is still officially our captain, and John Obi Mikel before that. I always try and learn from these guys and push the team in the right direction.
“It’s a really big thing [for me]. I started my international career with the Dutch younger teams, but as soon as I heard about Nigeria wanting me to play for them, I jumped at the chance.
“I’ve never looked back. It was a special moment to play for Nigeria as I know how much it means to the people. I feel it’s my way of giving back to a country that has given me so much.”
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