Danny Shittu

Stephen Keshi knows a thing or two about central defenders and it was to Danny Shittu he turned to bolster his 2013 Afcon squad.

Shittu declined the binvitation to help Millwall with their promotion push. He’s on a one year contract and knows that a good performance at an international tournament does not always mean much to club managers.

Powerful and athletic, Shittu has not secured as many international appearances as one would have thought since making his debut in 2002, although he’s been a part of many Super Eagles squads.

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 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 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 where he made 182 appearances for QPR between 2001 and 2006, establishing himself as a crowd favourite at Loftus Road.

He was sold to Watford for £1.6m before moving to Bolton in the Premier League in 2008 for £2million.

His first year with Wanderers was promising, but he fell out of favour with coach Gary Megson in 2010 and struggled to get a match for new manager Owen Coyle after being hampered with injuries and attending the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

However, he was still named in Nigeria's 2010 World Cup squad and played in all three of their Group B games in South Africa.
His impressive World Cup form cut no ice at Bolton as his contract was terminated in September 2010. Shittu then had a short spell at Millwall before QPR picked him up for a six month contract that then became a one year deal on their return to the English Premiership.

When QPR let him go at the end of last season he was snapped up by London rivals Millwall and he’s been in impressive form ever since at the New Den.

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