Nigerian stars pay emotional tribute to Moses

Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi and William Troost-Ekong on Thursday paid tribute to Victor Moses who announced his immediate retirement from international football on social media on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old  former England  junior international’s  decision to call time on his international career  — to focus on his club career and family —    no doubt came as a shock to new Al Nassr forward Musa,  Arsenal attacker Iwobi and Troost-Ekong, who has confirmed his exit from  Turkish  side  Bursaspor, with Italian Serie A outfit Udinese claiming they had reached an agreement to sign him.

In their tweets, the Super Eagles stars, who played alongside Moses at the Russia 2018 World Cup, expressed their delight at playing on the same team with the Chelsea wingback.

Moses’ exit will force Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr to dig deep to bring in a player who has the ability to break defences with his dribbling skills and win games for the team.

And the former Wigan attacker’s Nigeria teammates say he would be in their memories.

“It was a pleasure to play alongside such a great player,” Musa, who joined forces with Moses to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations wrote on his Twitter account.

“You have served your nation well and will always be remembered. Good luck in all you do @Victor  Moses.”

Iwobi wrote, “Thank you for paving the way for us. You have achieved so much for our country. It was a pleasure to play with you, wishing you the best big bro @VictorMoses.”

“Bro I wish you the best! Thanks for everything,” Troost-Ekong wrote on his Instagram account.

On his reported imminent move to  Udinese, Nigeria centre-back Troost-Ekong said he was leaving the unpopular Turkish Super League for Serie A  to improve.

The 24-year-old Dutch-born defender wrote, “I will always have great memories of my time in Turkey as a player but also as a man. However, the time has come for a new step in my career.

“I want to wish Bursaspor a great season and I will now follow the team as a fan. So of course lastly I want to say a special thank you to Texas and all the fans who supported me and the team. I will remain one of you now. Texasli Ekong.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he is planning to retire from international duty with Belgium in 2020.

Despite being just 25 years of age, the Red Devils star is already preparing to call time on a career with his country.

As things stand, he intends to grace Euro 2020 and then walks away.

That means he will play no part for Belgium in their 2022 World Cup campaign when football’s showpiece event heads to Qatar.

Lukaku told Business Insider: “After the Euros, I think I’ll stop.”

A man who currently has 75 caps and 40 international goals to his name has already graced two World Cup finals.

He has helped Belgium to become serious challengers for the grandest of prizes, with Roberto Martinez’s side reaching the last four and finishing third at Russia 2018.

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