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Victor Anichebe fully focused on Everton rather than Nigeria

Anichebe: Keen to repay manager David Moyes

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Victor Anichebe is fully focused on continuing his fine form for Everton rather than thinking about a Nigeria recall.

Anichebe has been plagued by injuries in recent years, but the striker is now fit enough to prove his worth to the team and has already weighed in with three goals this season.

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has admitted Anichebe remains in his plans ahead of this winter's African Nations Cup, but the 24-year-old insists he must first repay the faith shown in him by manager David Moyes.

"The thing with Nigeria is I am a fan and I follow the games and the team have done really well to qualify," said Anichebe.

"They have a great bunch of players there but I'm concentrating on here because this is the first time I've stayed fit for a while.

"I am thinking about Everton: they have stuck by me and helped me get back fit so I'm thinking more about cementing [my place in] the side.

"The national team aspect hasn't come into my head. I just want them to do well."

Everton face struggling QPR at the weekend and Anichebe has warned about a possible backlash from the bottom-placed Londoners.

"They (QPR) are struggling so it is going to be even harder because they need results - they've bought a lot of players and have a lot of expectation on them," he said.

"They haven't really done so well so I am sure they will look to change that against us and we need to be wary of that."