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 By Colin Udoh

ADO Den Haag defender Tyronne Ebuehi rejects Nigeria call

Tyronne Ebuehi
Tyronne Ebuehi has impressed in the Dutch league.

Defender Tyronne Ebuehi has turned down the chance to make his international debut for Nigeria, although he left the door open for future appearances.

Ebuehi, 20, was named in the Super Eagles' squad to face Algeria in next month's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier, but told his club website that the time was not right.

"I see it as a great honour that I am recognised in my homeland," said the full-back on Monday. "But at this moment ADO Den Haag requires my full attention, especially now that I have settled in the team.

"Therefore, it seems to me that now does not seem the right time to travel to Nigeria for the match. I want to focus completely on the club, but I certainly do not rule out that I will honour a possible next call."

Ebuehi, who has made seven appearances for ADO this season, was expected to plug in the hole in Nigeria's right-back position.

The news comes amid reports of an injury to first-choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme over the weekend in England, although the Wolves stopper is expected to be fit before the game.

Nigeria host Africa's third-ranked side Algeria in the second match of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series.

Colin Udoh is a Nigeria football correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @ColinUdoh.


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