Bournemouth midfielder Philip Billing has quashed hope on playing for Super Eagles after committed on featuring for Denmark in the international stage.
The 23-year-old who has a Nigerian dad and Danish mother still qualify to play for three-time African Champions as he is yet to play for the Scandinavian country’s senior side.
Billing has represented Denmark at the U-19 and U-21 levels but Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr tried to convince him to switch his international allegiance to Nigeria but he made it clear to him where his heart lies with Denmark.
The Copenhagen-born player told BT: “I think there are some rumours that come out of nowhere. When I saw it, I thought it might be good just to make a Danish article. I saw the last time people started to speculate that I didn’t mind playing for Denmark and blah, blah, blah,”
“It would be strange to stand up for Nigeria when I feel 100 per cent 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.”
Billing as been called up by the Denmark senior team several times, but the £15 million Bournemouth signing was a non-playing substitute six times.