Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr says he will try to convince Odion Ighalo to return to the national team seven months after he called time on his international career.
The Franco-German admitted that it would be difficult to overlook a player playing at the highest level in football.
He also stated that the Manchester United striker could be a source of motivation for the young crop of players in the national team.
“We are very happy about the new team of Ighalo, Manchester United is a fantastic challenge for him and I spoke already with him and you know he is a very good player on and off the pitch,” Rohr told AOIFootball.com.
“If a player is playing in Manchester United each coach of national teams would like to have him. Our young players could learn a lot on the side of this great goal scorer,” Rohr said.
Before his retirement, the 30-year-old was Rohr’s most trusted front man as he helped the Eagles qualify for both the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 AFCON with a game to spare before also topping the scorers’ chart at the AFCON to bag Bronze for Nigeria.