A powerful and athletic central defender due to turn 30 after the FIFA World Cup™ in 2010, Danny Shittu is an experienced option at the back for Nigeria. Though he has not secured as many international appearances as one would have thought since making his debut in 2002, he’s been a part of many squads for the Super Eagles, and he occasionally formed a regular partnership with Joseph Yobo in qualifying for South Africa. Shittu won his first cap for Nigeria in a 2002 friendly in London when he came on as a second-half substitute against Paraguay, but he was unlucky to be left out of the 2002 FIFA World Cup squad by coach Adegboye Onigbinde. He was a regular for former coach Berti Vogts and played a significant role for the Super Eagles team that lost in the quarter-finals of the 2008 CAF Africa Cup of Nations to hosts Ghana. He was also a rock in the back four for Nigeria at Angola 2010 as the side finished third.
Having grown up in London and played his entire professional career in England, he’s achieved a respected journeyman status in English club football. After starting with Charlton Athletic, he made his name most prominently with Queens Park Rangers and Watford before moving to Bolton in the Premier League in 2008. His first year with Wanderers was promising, but he fell out of favour with coach Gary Megson this past season and struggled to get a match for new manager Owen Coyle after being hampered with injuries and attending the CAF Africa Cup of Nations at the start of February. Before going to Bolton, he was linked with Newcastle, Rangers, Celtic and others, and the transfer rumour mill has once again been busy building around him.