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Ameobi playing for place in Brazil.

Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@trinitymirror.com

SHOLA AMEOBI has been told he is playing for his place at the World Cup with Nigeria.

The Toon striker, who has featured in only a bit-part role for Newcastle United in 2014, is understood to have a "75%" chance of making it into Stephen Keshi's final squad.

The Super Eagles will name a provisional squad in the next few days but Ameobi's experience puts him in with a chance of going to Brazil.

A source close to the Nigerian camp has indicated to the Chronicle that Ameobi has a chance of being picked in the final 23.

Nigeria face Argentina, Bosnia and Iran in the group stages of the tournament, but go into the World Cup with a backdrop of political unrest.

Nigeria's FA want Keshi to announce his squad early.

And he said recently: "There is no other country that is going to the World Cup that has released the list, but here in Nigeria I must bring my team list even when the top teams of this world are yet to do so."

Ameobi is likely to be released by United in the summer and the World Cup would be the perfect stage for him to showcase what he can offer to potential suitors next season.

The big striker debuted for United in 2000 and is the club's longest serving player but a new contract is currently not on the table.

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Date:Apr 12, 2014
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