Wigan boss backs Moses' Nigerian bid

Updated: 04 November 2011 17:20 IST

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez threw his weight behind striker Victor Moses' decision to play for Nigeria despite representing England at junior level.

London:

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez threw his weight behind striker Victor Moses' decision to play for Nigeria despite representing England at junior level.

England Under-21 international Moses has signalled his intention to play senior football for Nigeria after receiving clearance to play in friendlies against Botswana and Zambia.

Although the prospect of Moses having to make regular long-haul trips to play international football could impact Wigan, Martinez told reporters on Friday he was fully behind the player's choice.

"I just want the player to be happy," Martinez said. "If it is in Victor's head to play for Nigeria, I will support him 100 percent."

"He is a player who has improved massively over the last 12 months but he has another level to go."

"You don't get players like Victor in modern football. He relies on his individual talent, is exciting to watch and phenomenal in one-on-one situations. That is good for any team."

"As long as he is happy, I will be happy."

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