Chelsea star Moses announces Nigeria retirement at age 27

Victor Moses

Victor Moses"I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to be able to focus fully on club career and my young family

Victor Moses says that "the time is right" to retire from global football so that he can focus on prolonging his club career with Chelsea.

On whether the former Wigan winger's decision will leave a gap in Gernot Rohr's team, the 55-year-old says: "We have so many players playing in the midfield that are as good as Moses".

The Chelsea man announced his global retirement with a post on Twitter.

According to Victor Moses, he is retiring after so much deliberations and would love to thank the country for the opportunity given to him to wear the Super Eagles shirt. "Nothing will ever compete to what it felt like to represent Nigeria on behalf of our country", Moses said on his official Twitter page.

Moses' Nigeria debut took a year before it happened, due to a prolonged delay by Federation Internationale de Football Association in confirming his global switch of allegiance, - having represented England at the youth level - and a late minute withdrawal from a pair of worldwide friendlies in 2011.

The Chelsea winger has represented Super Eagles on 38 occasions, most recent ones being during the FIFA World Cup 2018.

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On Wednesday, the Chelsea player called time on his career with the Super Eagles in order to shift his focus to club and family commitments .

A key member of the Nigeria squad in the World Cup, Moses picked up an assist in the 2-0 win over Iceland and scored an important goal in the final group match against Argentina.

Moses featured for Nigeria in two World Cup tournaments [Brazil 2014 and Russian Federation 2018] and was part of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winning squad.

"I will always be a proud Nigerian supporting the team".

The Chelsea forward also thanked his national teammates, as well as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for their support over the years. "This season looks daunting for him and he needs undivided attention to succeed under Maurizio Sarri".

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