Sone Aluko says he still nurtures hopes of adding to his nine caps for Nigeria.
Fulham’s player of the month for October says he hasn’t given up on playing for the land of his father again - even though it’s almost two years to the day since he notched his last of international appearance - a 2-2 draw with South Africa, in which Aluko scored both goals for the Super Eagles.
As Aluko logically points out, a top international side isn’t going to pick you if you’re not a regular at you’re not a regular with your club - as was the case at Hull for the 27-year-old.
It hardly helps the cause either if the man who selected you in the first place has died in the meanwhile.
Aluko said: “International career? It’s not over in my head.
“But the last coach to pick me passed away. The new coach doesn’t know me as a person or a player, so it’s only now I’ve got a chance to show what I can do,
“When you’re on the bench at Hull you aren’t going to get picked for a national team.
“If I keep playing well then maybe my chances will come again.
“Sure it’s been frustrating, but now I’m in a good place, my career can kick on from here.”