- Philip Billing reveals he was persuaded by Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi to play for Nigeria
- The 23-year-old who is of Nigerian descent has played for the Danish U-19s and U23s in the past
- But the Bournemouth defender is set to make his first senior appearance for Denmark in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Switzerland
Philip Billing has opened up on how Everton star Alex Iwobi tried to lure him into playing for Nigeria.
The Bournemouth center-back has been invited to play for Denmark in the crucial Euro 2020 qualifier against Switzerland.
Having represented the Danish U-19s and U-23s in the past, the 23-year-old who is of Nigerian descent is in line to confirm allegiance with the Scandinavian country if he features against the Swiss side at senior level.
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The 23-year-old told Danish publication BT how the former Arsenal man had spoken to him about switching allegiances.
“It wasn't until when we (Cherries) were going to play against Everton a couple of weeks ago when Alex Iwobi asked if I might be interested in coming and playing for Nigeria.
"He said the coach had asked me. It was the first time I heard anything concrete myself.”
He added: "It's a pat on the back that another country would like you to play for them. I just take that as a shrug and proof that you are doing well.
“It would feel strange to have to play for Nigeria, even though my father is from there.
“I am half Nigerian and I feel that way too but I was born and raised in Denmark. My mother is Danish and my sister is Danish, so it would feel strange to have to play for Nigeria,” he told Danish publication BT.
Billing who made a £15million move from relegated Huddersfield last summer has been a key member of Cherries’ squad this season.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Liverpool who are currently leading the pack in the Premier League after eight matches, will emerge champions come May 2020, Nigerian fans claim.
A study was conducted in the country's capital, Abuja and 44 per cent of supporters chose the Reds to win their first title in over two decades.
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