Philip Billing: I don’t want to play for Super Eagles
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Philip Billing of Huddersfield Town during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town at American Express Community Stadium on March 02, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by William Early/Getty Images)

Philip Billing: I don’t want to play for Super Eagles

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AFC Bournemouth star Philip Billing has rejected the chance to play for Super Eagles of Nigeria in favour of the country of his birth, Denmark, after a second approach from manager Gernot Rohr.

Billing, 23, was snapped up by the Cherries in a £15-million transfer after he suffered relegation with Huddersfield at the end of the 2018/19 season.

However, in his third season in the English top-flight, the technically gifted central midfielder has developed into an established performer under manager Eddie Howe.

As a result, Rohr has come knocking for Philip Billing who is yet to make his senior national team debut despite earning a maiden call-up in March last year.

But the powerful midfielder claims it would be awkward for him to turn his back on Kasper Hjulmand’s side to represent the country of his fathers’ birth.

“I saw the last time people started to speculate that I didn’t mind playing for Denmark and blah, blah, blah,” he told Danish news outlet BT.

“It would be strange to stand up for Nigeria when I feel 100 percent Danish. Of course, I have Nigerian roots and am half Nigerian, but I was raised and born in Denmark.

“I have a Danish mother, Danish little brother and Danish little sister and a Nigerian father. But this is Denmark I want to stand for. That’s my big dream.

“I’ve talked to the coach, but I know where I want to play. I want to play for Denmark, so it is no longer than that.

“He [Rohr] just said he really wanted me to play for Nigeria because the upcoming World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations will be played soon. I made it pretty clear to him that I wanted to play for Denmark. That’s my big dream.”

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Billing has featured 29 times for the South Coast outfit this season, scoring three goals and registering a solitary assist.

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