Bournemouth Star, Billing: My Dream Is To Play For Denmark Not Nigeria

May 21, 2020
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Bournemouth midfielder Philip Billing says his dream is to represent Denmark at senior level and is not interested in playing for Nigeria.

Billing, 23, born to a Nigerian father and Danish mother still qualifies to play for Nigeria as he is yet to play for the Scandinavian country’s senior side.

However, the Copenhagen-born player represented Denmark at the U-19 and U-21 levels.

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He confirmed Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr spoke to him about switching his allegiance to Nigeria but he made it clear to him where his heart lies.

“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,” Billing told BT.

“It would be strange to stand up for Nigeria when I feel 100 percent 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.”

The £15 million Bournemouth signing also revealed he had a positive conversation with new Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand and hopes to make his debut soon.

“I’ve talked to Kasper Hjulmand over the phone. Not about anything specific, but we just had a great conversation to get to know each other a little,” he continued.

“From what I hear, it’s something I look forward to very much. Playing with the national team and hopefully in the future a few minutes and make my debut.

“I have nothing but positive things to say. The conversation I had with Wheeler was very positive. I think big things are going to happen under him. That’s my feeling.

“Hopefully this is the last time I have to answer whether I choose Nigeria. I can say that I am 100 percent in Denmark. I only think these are rumours and that’s to get people talking. But there is nothing at all.”

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