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Toronto striker Dike eager to push for Nigeria's World Cup squad

Toronto FC striker Bright Dike is planning to force his way into Nigeria's squad for this summer's World Cup.

The 27-year old former Portland Timbers attacker is planning a 'breakout' 2014 in MLS which he believes will help his chances of making Stephen Keshi's Super Eagles roster for the FIFA tournament in Brazil later this year.

"I want to really establish myself," Dike, who scored his first international goal against Italy in November, told MLSsoccer.com.

"I want to have a breakout year this year.

"[I've had] a lot, a lot of work. It wasn't really an offseason for me, I got a couple practices abroad [with Celtic], I was with Nigeria most of the offseason so it was definitely a good offseason for me."

Dike, who joined Toronto from Portland via a trade in September last year, added: "I was fortunate enough to get my first official goal against Italy so that brings great confidence going into this season.

"[Keshi] said the last camp went well for me and hopefully I keep getting called up and eventually make the team for the World Cup."

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