John Fashanu has urged Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr to concentrate on including young players in the squad instead of recalling Odion Ighalo.
Ighalo retired from the Super Eagles after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where he finished as the top scorer of the competition.
However, reports have suggested the 31-year-old could come out of retirement if he was recalled by Rohr.
Fashanu kicked against such a move, saying recalling Ighalo will be a disadvantage to younger talented players regardless of his experience.
“The only thing Ighalo has to offer to the national team is his experience, it is not his ability because there are players who are far better than him and we know that.” Fashanu said in an interview with an online publication as quoted by Complete Sports.
“If Rohr wants to bring him in because he stabilises the squad, it is fine. I remember when I was in my 30s and the manager kept bringing me back, it wasn’t because I was a great player but I gave the team confidence. And that might also be the reason why Rohr wants to bring him back but other than that his time is gone.
“Ighalo is in his 30s and in Nigeria we have fantastic prospects that are fighting to get that spot but not all of them can make the squad.
‘If you keep playing the older players it is at the detriment of the younger players. It is high time we start seeing 17, 18-year-old geniuses in the national team.
“Where there is no talent the coach may consider bringing him back but there are so many talents and it would be very wrong to bring him back at this stage.”