Celtic star Moritz Jenz has revealed why he prefers to play for Germany’s national team ahead of Super Eagles.
The 23-year-old of Nigerian descent has made a strong start to life at Parkhead, making seven appearances, scoring twice, and aiding the Hoops in maintaining three clean sheets.
Jenz is currently on a season-long loan to Celtic from French Ligue 1 outfit, Lorient where Terem Moffi and Innocent Bonke ply their trades.
The Berlin-born center-back started his career with Tennis Borussia Berlin before a spell at Fulham and Lausanne Sport and has impressed so far this season under Celtic’s Australian manager, Ange Postecoglou.
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Jenz’s country of birth, Germany, does not have any international caps for him, and the “granny rule” also qualifies him to play for the Super Eagles.
However, the Celtic defender is currently leaning towards representing Germany rather than Nigeria due to his connections to the fourth-time World Cup-winning nations.
Jenz told Glasgow Times. “I qualify for Germany and Nigeria but I would prefer Germany because that’s where I grew up, ”
“It’s a great country to play for an hopefully one day I can make a couple of appearances, then maybe a couple more and then, who knows, perhaps play in a World Cup or Euros.
“But I need to do my best for the club first. That’s the most important thing and after that we can talk about the national team.”
There are more prospects for younger defenders to make the Super Eagles as Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo, and William Troost-Ekong wind down their national team careers, thus the Nigeria Football Federation should take Jenz into consideration.
Many dual nationals, including Alex Iwobi, Maduka Okoye, Leon Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Calvin Bassey, Joe Aribo, Ola Aina, Kevin Akpogum and Cyriel Dessers, have been persuaded by the Nigeria Football Federation to commit their future to the Super Eagles.