Ahmed Musa , Alex Iwobi and William Troost – Ekong on Thursday paid tribute to Victor Moses who announced his immediate retirement from international football on social media on Wednesday .
The 27 -year – old former England junior international’ s decision to call time on his international career — to focus on his club career and family — no doubt came as a shock to new Al Nassr forward Musa , Arsenal attacker Iwobi and Troost -Ekong , who has confirmed his exit from Turkish side Bursaspor , with Italian Serie A outfit Udinese claiming they had reached an agreement to sign him .
In their tweets , the Super Eagles stars , who played alongside Moses at the Russia 2018 World Cup, expressed their delight at playing on the same team with the Chelsea wingback .
Moses ’ exit will force Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr to dig deep to bring in a player who has the ability to break defences with his dribbling skills and win games for the team .
And the former Wigan attacker’ s Nigeria teammates say he would be in their memories .
“ It was a pleasure to play alongside such a great player , ” Musa , who joined forces with Moses to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations wrote on his Twitter account .
“ You have served your nation well and will always be remembered . Good luck in all you do @ Victor Moses . ”
Iwobi wrote , “ Thank you for paving the way for us . You have achieved so much for our country . It was a pleasure to play with you , wishing you the best big bro @ VictorMoses . ”
“ Bro I wish you the best ! Thanks for everything , ” Troost – Ekong wrote on his Instagram account .
On his reported imminent move to Udinese , Nigeria centre – back Troost – Ekong said he was leaving the unpopular Turkish Super League for Serie A to improve .
The 24 – year- old Dutch – born defender wrote , “ I will always have great memories of my time in Turkey as a player but also as a man . However , the time has come for a new step in my career .
“ I want to wish Bursaspor a great season and I will now follow the team as a fan . So of course lastly I want to say a special thank you to Texas and all the fans who supported me and the team . I will remain one of you now . Texasli Ekong . ”
Meanwhile , Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he is planning to retire from international duty with Belgium in 2020 .
Despite being just 25 years of age , the Red Devils star is already preparing to call time on a career with his country .
As things stands , he intends to grace Euro 2020 and then walk away.
That means he will play no part for the Belgium in their 2022 World Cup campaign , when football ’ s showpiece event heads to Qatar .
Lukaku told Business Insider : “ After the Euros , I think I ’ ll stop . ”
A man who currently has 75 caps and 40 international goals to his name has already graced two World Cup finals .
He has helped Belgium to become serious challengers for the grandest of prizes , with Roberto Martinez ’ s side reaching the last four and finishing third at Russia 2018 .
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