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KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 16: John Obi Mikel of Nigeria look on dejected following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Croatia and Nigeria at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Patrick Smith - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

In St.Petersburg, Russia

 

After seeing his team crash out to a late Marcos Rojo strike in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, Super Eagles’ skipper, John Obi Mikel has offered no assurance on his future with the national team, insisting anything and everything is still possible for him when it comes to playing for Nigeria, AOIFootball.com reports.

 

Mikel, who earned his 85th cap in the loss to Argentina, told the media during the post-match press conference that he plans to assess his future yearly, whilst praising the current crop of Eagles as the best he has played within recent years.

 

“I hope I can still be around. This team is a fantastic team. I have enjoyed my time in the national team; in all my years with the Eagles, I have never been in a team like this; honestly, this set of players are amazing and always nice to be around with.

 

“For the Nations Cup, we will see what happens. I just want to take every year as it comes, then maybe anything can happen from there, but for now, nothing decided,” Mikel said.

 

The former Chelsea star further praised Coach Gernot Rohr for his fantastic work since he joined the team two years ago.

 

“The coach has been great since he came in; we have worked collectively as a team and the team has improved tremendously.

 

“We have a team that wants to improve and this is good for Nigerian football,” Mikel concluded.

 

Having crashed out of the world cup in controversial circumstances, the Super Eagles will now turn their attention to the 2019 AFCON qualifiers with a date against Seychelles, Libya and South Africa still to come.

 

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