Former Super Eagles defender Sam Sodje has spoken highly of 17-year-old Manchester City striker Tai Sodje after the player turned down the chance to play for the U-19 side of England, reports.


Speaking exclusively to, the 2002 Korea/Japan world cup defender stated that he was happy the player is getting much attention at his young age, and that his decision to turn down the chance to play for England was more personal and now hopes he can continue the trend of the Sodje family to play for Nigeria one day.


“About my nephew Tai, it’s is true that he got invited to play for England U-19 and he turned it down; it’s nothing personal, it’s more of his decision. I spoke to him and I think he did the right thing by turning them down.


“I am so proud of him, he is my Godson and I am so close to him but I think with his uncles having played for Nigeria in the past may have influenced; we grew up in Nigeria and he did not, and he has never visited Nigeria but I was planning to bring him for the last AFCON game but he made his decision already because he feels more Nigerian than English,” Sodje said.


He further revealed that Tai is such an exceptional player that will definitely be more famous than him and Efe, whilst also hoping that the player gets plenty of support when the time comes to finally play for Nigeria.


“He is doing so well for himself and I am confident he will be a very big player and I think he is going to be the best player to ever come out of the Sodje family because he plays so well and score goals. Hopefully, when that time comes he would get the support to play for Nigeria in the future,” Sodje concluded.


The Manchester City striker has scored an incredible 25 goals from 18 games this season for the City U-18 side whilst also adding 4 assists, with his form drawing plenty of attention across the English press.