The Reading midfielder is hoping to toe the line of the Chelsea winger and force his way into the national team setup, Goal.com reports.
Hope Akpan has declared his intention to play for Nigeria and hopes to emulate the career path of Victor Moses who declared for Nigeria and is now the proud winner of the Africa Cup of Nations.
The 21-year old Reading midfielder was born in the United Kingdom to Nigerian parents and so qualifies to play for the Super Eagles.
He was asked about his international future by the BBC and he said, “That process is going on”.
“Definitely to play for Nigeria will be an honour even though I was born in the UK and to play for England will be an honour too but at the moment Nigeria is where my heart lies,” Akpan said.
He commented on the Super Eagles’ triumph in South Africa as being a part of his decision to throw his hat in the ring with the Eagles.
“I watched Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations and was really delighted that they managed to win that.
“It has been a while that Nigeria has been at the top of the tree in Africa, and to see a young player like Victor Moses, who was brought up in the UK play for the team, do well for the team and be one of the outstanding players for Nigeria – as I thought, has inspired me to want to do the same.”
But he said that no one from the Nigeria Football Federation has been in touch.
“I would like some contacts because it is definitely one of the things I want to do in the future,” Akpan concluded.
The midfielder has played seven times for Reading in the Premier League and will be remembered for his two assists for Adam Le Fondre in the match against Chelsea that ended 2-2.