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ENGLAND STALLS MOSES' SWITCH

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It has emerged that the moves by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to secure the allegiance of Wigan Athletic's striker, Victor Moses, could face a few hurdles, as England still is interested in capping the youngster at the Under-21 level.

England's Under-21 national team manager, Stuart Pearce, spoke to the agent of the Wigan striker, Tony Finnigan, this week about the international future of Moses.

Pearce is said to have spoken to Finnigan over the possibility of the Crystal Palace's former man joining up with the England Under-21s in preparation for the European and world championships.

Moses, 20, has been capped once by the England Under-21 selectors and nine times by selectors of the Under-19s, Under-17s and Under-16s at different times. The striker has already expressed a strong desire to run out for Nigeria's Super Eagles. Moses, to that effect, has trained with the Nigerian team to signify his interest in switching his international career from England to the West African nation.

His planned debut with the Nigerian seniors was put on hold during last month's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia and international friendly against Kenya. Acting General Secretary of the Nigerian FA, Musa Amadu, has declared that Moses' official switch is now dependent on the Football Association in England.

'We are waiting on the English FA to give the clearance to allow Victor Moses complete his international switch. On our part, we have fulfilled every requirement of us and hopefully the issue will be rested soon,' Amadu said. Moses' agent, Finnigan, alongside his lawyers is also said to be in talks with the English FA over the player's international future