Reading midfielder Hope Akpan has said he hopes to earn a call-up to his native Nigeria, after settling in well to Premier League life with the Royals.
The 21-year old signed from Crawley Town in January and has made a decent start to life in Berkshire. Akpan, who qualifies for both England and Nigeria, has already stated his intent to play for the Super Eagles, qualifying through his Nigerian parents. Despite this, Hope is yet to have any contact with any representatives from the country.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Akpan said: 'My parents are Nigerians, so to play for Nigeria would definitely be an honour. I was born in the UK, so to play for England would be an honour, too. But, for me, Nigeria at the minute is where my heart lies. Watching Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations, I was delighted they managed to win that.'
'It's been a while since Nigeria have been at the top of the tree in Africa. To see a young player, who was brought up in the UK, like Victor Moses play for the team, do well for the team, be one of the outstanding players in the tournament, I thought, for Nigeria, has inspired me to want to do the same.'
Naij.com Notes: Hope Ini I. Akpan (b. 14 August 1991) is a professional footballer who plays for Premier League side Reading as a midfielder.