Hull City forward Sone Aluko says he hopes to play at the 2014 Brazil World Cup for Nigeria.
The former England youth international, who made his Super Eagles debut in an international friendly against the Republic of Ireland in May 2009, returned for Hull since recuperating from injury in Monday’s 1-1 FA Cup fifth round draw with Brighton and Holves.
Aluko, 25, believes he could use the remaining few months to the next summer World Cup to step up his fitness level and consequently force his way into coach Stephen Keshi’s squad.
“I believe I do have a chance of making the World Cup squad, even though I have been out of the squad for a long time,” he told BBC Sport.
“Until the ‘Big Boss’ (Stephen Keshi) decides the team then many players will believe they still have a chance and I’m no different, we all want to be in Brazil playing.
“There’s enough time and matches, which hopefully should be enough to break into the Super Eagles team again.
“More importantly really, my main focus is to recapture my form and end the season strongly with Hull. As long as I keep playing well and my club keep winning, I’ll have strong hopes.”
Coach Keshi has always reiterated that the door is open for several players doing well in their respective clubs to claim a shirt in the 2014 World Cup.
Despite not being named in the 23-man squad for month’s friendly against Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia, Aluko can take some positives from the fact that Keshi has hinted the forward could play for Nigeria again.
“I’ve read a few comments and compliments regarding me through the press that the coach or an official has said but that’s all,” added Aluko.
“That’s completely normal though I don’t expect them to be calling around every player who’s around the squad or previously had call-ups to find out how they are or what they’re doing.
“It would be extremely time consuming. I trust that they’re keeping track of how players are performing at their clubs so that’s the most important fact.”