John Obi Mikel has put all his focus on getting back to the Premier League with Middlesbrough, spurning the opportunity to return to the international fray in doing so.
Nigeria’s German manager, Gernot Rohr, had hoped to lure the former Chelsea man back into the mix, but his plea fell on deaf ears.
The African Football website report that Rohr said: “He has so many games in Middlesbrough to look forward to, they are fighting for the play-offs too.
“He told me it is not the moment to return but if Obi Mikel is very fit again and has the motivation, then the door is open.
“I am not like Joachim Low who announced that three of his players are definitely out of the German national team, I never say that because you never know what can happen.
“We are watching and will see if he can come back. We also need experience in our team, we have so many young players.”
Obi Mikel’s attitude — putting Middlesbrough first — is exactly what fans want to hear.
If Boro’ are to get past their current wobble in form, they need all players to follow his lead, and put all other distractions out of their minds, and concentrate on finishing the job they have been aiming for all season.
It is also nice to have an international manager that is listening to his players, and understands what is happening at their clubs.
He, therefore, is sympathetic to the fact that Obi Mikel has rightly put Boro’ first, and as a result, has not slammed the door in his face for future potential call-ups.
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