MAKE THE MOST OF NIGE­RIA CALL, CARL

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

WOLVES keeper Carl Ikeme said ac­cept­ing a call up to the Nige­ria squad was a no-brainer – and I to­tally agree.

Like Carl, I was born in Eng­land. But when Ja­maica asked me to play for them in 1998, I jumped at the chance.

Peo­ple al­ways ask if it’s weird play­ing for a dif­fer­ent coun­try but I never saw it like that be­cause I’d grown up in that cul­ture. My grand­par­ents, my par­ents, my aun­ties and un­cles – they were all Ja­maican. And nine times out of ten, your sum­mer hol­i­day was back to see the fam­ily in Ja­maica.

Through that you be­come ac­cus­tomed to the way of life. I quickly fit­ted into the cul­ture, the lan­guage and ban­ter.We were called the Reg­gae Boyz at the time and it was al­ways blast­ing on the coach. But again, to me, it was just like go­ing round my mum’s be­cause she al­ways had reg­gae play­ing.

Carl also has big fam­ily ties to Nige­ria and I’m sure he’ll fit right in. Good luck to him – it’s a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.

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