John Fashanu's hopes to play for Nigeria was deterred by then technical adviser of the national team, Brazilian Otto Gloria who led the country to its first Nations Cup win
John Fashanu poured cold water on the long talk that he refused to play for Nigeria during his active days.
The Nigerian-Guyanese descent only capped twice for the Three Lions of England, an appearance record he would have surpassed in the Green-White-Green jersey.
According to the 53 year-old, he was rejected by the then coach, Otto Gloria.
'The fact is that I really wanted to play for Nigeria and I came home on three occasions but the coach said I was not good enough to make his team, and so never selected me except for one friendly match against China where I was an unused substitute.
'So, it was never my fault at all and it pained me so much that I never played for my country,’ Fashanu said.