Udogie, an Italian-Nigerian defender, is thought to prefer playing for the Azzurri, hence Nigeria did not extend an invitation to him for the September exhibition match against Algeria.
However, Udogie was also disregarded by Italian national team coach Roberto Mancini for recent victory against England and Hungary.
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Udogie’s rejection nevertheless sparked worries that Nigeria would persuade the 19-year-old to change his allegiance to the team that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
“Udogie is a player monitored by the senior national team,” Guarino told Spazioj as per Fanta Calcio.
“This time we were hoping for a call-up but he was called up anyway with the ‘U-21, really showing a particular attachment to the national team.
“He had a physical problem – due to a clash on the pitch in the last championship against Inter – and despite not being at 100%, he gave his contribution, tightening his teeth and playing important matches against England and Japan.
“He has a great attachment to the Azzurri shirt; there will still be time for the senior national team. The goal is that. He is Italian, born in Italy, who feels the blue shirt and is proving it.”