CHERRIES star Philip Billing reportedly revealed how he had been asked about representing Nigeria at international level, following a conversation with Everton star Alex Iwobi.

The 23-year-old told Danish publication BT how the former Arsenal man had spoken to him about switching allegiances.

Billing, who is of Nigerian descent, has been a key member of Cherries’ squad this season having agreed a £15million summer move from Huddersfield.

He played 90 minutes against Iwobi during the Dorset club’s 3-1 victory over the Toffees last month.

The midfielder has represented Denmark at under-19 and under-21 level but has yet to win a senior cap for the nation.

He could confirm his international future with the Danes if he features in tomorrow’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Switzerland in Copenhagen (5pm).

In quotes translated from BT, Billing said: “It wasn't until when we (Cherries) were going to play against Everton a couple of weeks ago when Alex Iwobi asked if I might be interested in coming and playing for Nigeria.

"He said the coach had asked me. It was the first time I heard anything concrete myself.”

He added: "It's a pat on the back that another country would like you to play for them. I just take that as a shrug and proof that you are doing well.

“It would feel strange to have to play for Nigeria, even though my father is from there.

“I am half Nigerian and I feel that way too but I was born and raised in Denmark. My mother is Danish and my sister is Danish, so it would feel strange to have to play for Nigeria.”