The FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 will be the second time that Victor Moses gets to parade his abundant skills on the global stage. However, it will be the first time that he does so for the country of his birth: Nigeria.

 

In 2007 he was top-scorer for England in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Korea Republic. However, he injured himself in England's final group match against Brazil and could play no further part as the Three Lions advanced to the quarter-finals. A few years later the winger opted to play for Nigeria and was first called-up for a friendly against Guatemala in 2011, which was cancelled. After receiving his clearance to play for Nigeria, he made his debut in 2012 and a few months later he played an integral part as the Super Eagles won the CAF Africa Cup of Nations for the third time.

 

En route to becoming a professional footballer, the 22-year-old had to overcome personal tragedy as his parents were killed during religious rioting in Nigeria and he was brought to England as a refugee and raised by foster parents. As a youngster, he joined Crystal Palace and played his first senior game as a 16-year-old, becoming a regular in the 2009/10 season.

 

From Palace he joined Wigan Athletic before becoming a Chelsea target. After the Blues had several offers turned down they finally got their man at the end of last summer's transfer period. Since then, Moses has established himself in the side, helping the team to the UEFA Europa League title in May. AFCON success in South Africa earlier in the year has now given Moses the opportunity to play at the FIFA Confederations Cup, and it is a challenge he is looking forward to. "That we have the chance to play against some of the greatest players in the world is terrific," Moses said. "I am looking forward particularly to playing against Spain."