Etuhu not distracted by ACN
Midfielder is focused on performing for club
By James Dall. Last Updated: October 31, 2007 4:51pm
Etuhu: Club focus
Sunderland's Dickson Etuhu insists he is not thinking about the possibility of representing Nigeria in January's African Cup of Nations.
The 25-year-old was handed his international debut by coach Berti Vogts in the 2-2 friendly draw with Mexico earlier this month, and could now be in line for a call-up for the forthcoming tournament.
If selected Etuhu would be required to join up with his international team-mates on 4th January, 16 days before the competition gets underway, and then could be away for up to six weeks.
But the midfielder, who has started 10 of The Black Cats' 12 fixtures this season, is adamant that he is focused on performing for Roy Keane's side.
"It was great to get the call-up and it was a good experience playing for Nigeria," Etuhu said.
"I had been called into a couple of other squads, but couldn't make it because of injury, so it was nice to add an international debut to my career.
"But I'm not really thinking about Nigeria or what might or might not happen in January.
"Let's cross that bridge when or if we come to it. My only focus is to do better for Sunderland, and I certainly feel my performances can improve.
"We want to get more points on the board, and that's my only concern."