Everton striker Victor Anichebe has dismissed theories that he pulled out of Nigeria´s squad at the weekend to keep alive hopes of playing for England.

Anichebe withdrew with a hand injury, immediately prompting thoughts he had changed his mind over committing to the country of his birth, although he also qualifies for England having been brought up in Liverpool.

He said: "Having felt a reaction in my hand after playing against Nurnberg and Chelsea it was clear to me and the medical team at Everton I need to give it some time otherwise there was the potential for some long-term damage."

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