Victor Moses retires from international football

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Victor Moses

Victor Moses, a professional footballer who plays as a winger on either flank for Premier League club Chelsea and Nigeria national team has announced his retirement from international football in order to focus on his club career at Chelsea.

The 27-year-old has called time on his Nigeria career after winning 37 caps for the Super Eagles.

Moses scored 12 goals for his country over a six-year period and was part of the squad that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

He also played every minute of Nigeria’s most recent World Cup campaign in Russia, which ended in a group-stage exit.

Victor Moses, despite originally hailing from Lagos, Nigeria, he initially chose to represent his adopted home of England, featuring for under-16 team, in which he won the victory shield in 2005.

He also managed to finish as top scorer and collected the golden boot for doing so at UEFA European under-17 championship.

Moses was selected to play for Nigeria against Guatemala in February 2011, but the friendly was cancelled. He then accepted a call-up in March 2011 for Nigeria’s game against Ethiopia and Kenya.

However, Victor Moses was ruled out of those games because his application to FIFA to switch nationalities was not received in time.

Victor Moses was called up to Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2013 African Cup of Nations, scoring two penalties in their final group stage game against Ethiopia, under the coaching of late Stephen Keshi.

Upon Gernot Rohr’s assumption as Nigeria’s head coach in August 2016, Moses featured regularly in the FIFA 2018 qualifying matches.

 

In May 2018, he was named in Nigeria’s preliminary 30 man squad for the 2018 world cup in Russia, where he got a crucial equalizer against Argentina, though, his side lost the game in the dying minutes to see Argentina through while Nigeria got eliminated.

Mr. Victor Moses has first made debut for Cristal Palace at the age of 16 in November 2007 in a 1-1 draw with Cadif City in the championship.

Moses scored twice in 32 appearances in 2008-09 season as Palace had a disappointing campaign finishing in the 15th position.

Victor Moses transferred out of Palace when the club was suffering from huge financial predicament to Wigan Athletic at the rate of £2.5 million where he becomes a regular starter in 2011-12 seasons.

After four unsuccessful bid made by Chelsea, Wigan accepted the fifth bid and Moses was given permission to move to his current club Chelsea. He continued with his fine form till end of season.

Moses was ship out on loan to Liverpool (2015-16), Stoke City (2014-15), West Ham (2015-16) and then returned to Chelsea in 2016-17 season.

He currently desired to play for Chelsea till his retirement from professional football.

 

[SkySports]

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