Anichebe focused on club not country

PA Sport

Forward Victor Anichebe is keen to repay Everton's faith and support by concentrating on his club form rather than thinking about regaining his place in Nigeria's side.

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi said last week the 24-year-old remains in his plans after the national side qualified for this winter's African Nations Cup. However, Anichebe is focused on building on his - and the Toffees' - good start to the season having been frustrated by two serious knee injuries and a groin problem in the last few years.

Anichebe said: "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 head to bottom side QPR at the weekend and while David Moyes' team are flying high in fourth, having lost just once, Anichebe stressed they cannot take the winless west Londoners for granted.

"I think we've done okay, it's been a good start to the season and everyone is on a high and is confident," he told evertontv.

"We need to carry it on though, not get ahead of ourselves and keep playing well.

"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.

"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."

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