Crotone top striker, Simeon Nwankwo, has his sight set on a return to the Super Eagles after winning the top scorer award in the Italian Serie B in the just-concluded season.
He also helped his club to gain promotion to the Italian topflight after scoring 21 goals in the league.
Nwankwo, who played in the 2018 FIFA World Cup with Super Eagles, has five international caps and one goal.
After helping Crotone to regain its place in the Italian topflight, the strike now hopes for more opportunities with the Nigeria national team.
“When I went down, I knew the risks of losing that spot that I worked so hard to get to although I didn’t play more, which is perfectly understandable.
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“I met a team that was already structured with one of the best African strikers at the moment – Odion Ighalo. And it was normal, it was perfect for me to stay calm and learn and then watch how things are done. And then all of a sudden, I found myself out again, which is understandable.
“No grudges on anyone. I understand every situation because the national team of Nigeria is highly rated. So, if you want to be in the national team, you have to be in the big leagues. That I can understand.
“So now we are back up. I just have to focus, like always, on what I will do here. The only way I will get myself into the national team is about what I do here,” he told ESPN.