William Troost-Ekong joins up with the Nigeria squad for the first time this week as a Watford player and is determined as ever to make his countrymen proud.
The defender joined from Udinese last week on a long-term deal and not only brought experience of playing in five different countries, he also has 42 international caps to his name and stories to tell from being involved in the Olympics, a World Cup and the African Cup of Nations.
He has been picked in the squad by coach Gernot Rohr for friendly matches against Algeria on Friday and Tunisia on Tuesday October 13, games that will warm the Super Eagles up nicely for the African Cup of Nations double-header qualifier next month against Sierra Leone.
Troost-Ekong was selected by Rohr as captain for the last four matches, an honour that makes him even more convinced he was right to choose to play for the country of his father's birth.
“Even my Dutch family are really proud,” said Troost-Ekong. “It means a lot to them for me to represent such a big nation. It's massive. Hopefully I get to do it some more. The last few games, yeah [I've been made captain]. I've always been quite vocal and a leader in the team. We've had some great captains in [Ahmed] Musa, who is still officially our captain, and John Obi Mikel before that. I always try and learn from these guys and push the team in the right direction.”