Former German international Sidney Sam says he regrets picking Germany over Nigeria when the Super Eagles were keen on having him.
Sam, who was born to Nigerian father and German mother was capped five times by Germany.
The 32-year-old was named in Germany’s 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Joachim Low but was omitted from the final squad.
The ex-Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, who missed the 2014 World Cup won by Germany, said he might have played at the World Cup if he accepted Nigeria’s offer.
“Looking back, I can say I was close to winning the World Cup with Germany. Maybe I would have played in it if I had accepted the chance offered by Nigeria. My regret, yes it is, but in life when you make a decision you live with the consequences,” he said.
Before the 2014 World Cup, the forward, who now features for Austrian side SCR Altach, was reportedly keen on a switch of allegiance to Nigeria, after representing Germany at junior levels.
He, however, chose Germany and was invited for their friendly games against Ecuador and the United States.
He then claimed he was never interested in playing for Nigeria.