Al Hilal striker, Jude Odion Ighalo said he does not care about people’s reaction after coming out of international retirement to play for the Super Eagles.
The 32-year-old former Manchester United striker had previously announced his retirement from the Super Eagles following the conclusion of the 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations, AFCON.
He won the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Golden Boot in Egypt, having scored five goals for Nigeria in the tournament. Nigeria came third.
After months of speculations about his return, the former Franco-German coach of the Super Eagles recalled the Watford striker for a FIFA World Cup qualifiers game.
Ighalo returned to the national team in November 2021 where he saw 12 minutes of action in a 1-1 draw against Cape Verde on November 16.
Having missed out of the Super Eagles team that participated at the AFCON in Cameroon due to “issues with his former Saudi Arabian club”, he has been included in the squad for the final round of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Ghana on March 25 and 29.
Reacting to his latest invitation he said ; “I don’t pay attention to that. Everything they’re saying is their own cup of tea. At my age, I just signed for a new team. This is my 11th team in my professional career.
“I have been called up, I will take my bag and I will go to represent my country and give my best on 100 per cent.
“As long as I come out from every game and I’m satisfied with my performance, whether it is a win, loss, or draw, then that’s it. I’m a professional footballer.
“This is what I’ve been doing for 17-18 years so why would I be worried about what people say?” he told ESPN.