West Ham striker Cole: I was ready to commit to Nigeria

West Ham United's England striker Carlton Cole admits he explored the prospect of playing for Nigeria.

West Ham United's England striker Carlton Cole admits he explored the prospect of playing for Nigeria.

“My dad is from Nigeria and I went to play in a charity game for Jay-Jay Okocha, who was opening a stadium in Enugu,” he said. “It was a muck-about really, but one of the coaches asked me if I'd be interested in playing for Nigeria and I said yeah because I didn't think I had a chance of playing for England.

“I thought I'd have a go, but it turned out that I couldn't play because I had already played for England Under-21s. These things happen for a reason and I'm just fortunate to get another chance.”

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