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Wells: I will play for my country again

Nahki Wells has put his international career on the back-burner to channel all of his energy on establishing himself in the Premier League with Burnley.

The Bermuda striker has not laced up for the senior national team since scoring twice in a World Cup qualifier at home to Bahamas almost three years ago, sparking speculation that he no longer has the desire to represent his country.

Wells, however, said nothing could be further from the truth as he is still keen to make more appearances for the Gombey Warriors once he achieves his primary objective in English football's top tier.

“I haven't decided never to play again for Bermuda because I will,” Wells told The Royal Gazette.

“I just figure at this moment in time I am not really focused on playing for Bermuda. I feel it will be a distraction from what I am trying to establish for myself as a Premier League player. That's my main focus at this time.

“My personal career is at an all time high now so that's where my focus and my mind is at.”

Wells had minor ankle surgery before his £5 million from Huddersfield Town to Burnley on transfer deadline day in August. Since then he has been limited to cameo appearances off the bench, making his long-awaited Premier League debut in a 3-0 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur last December.

The 27-year-old is the first Bermudian to play in the Premier League since Shaun Goater, who scored more than 103 goals in all competitions for Manchester City between 1998 and 2006.

He is also among an exclusive group of players to have played in all four tiers of the English football pyramid.

Meanwhile, Wells and his wife Priscilla welcomed the arrival of twin sons Lukas and Cruz this month.

“It feels great to be a father,” the former Dandy Town player said. “I got double the blessing and I am very thankful to help bring two healthy boys into this world.

“It's been no better feeling to know I am a father and have a purpose in life now to be there and support my boys and to be the best father I can possibly be.”

Flying the flag: Nahki Wells is concentrating on Burnley for the moment, however (File photograph)

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Published March 23, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated March 22, 2018 at 11:35 pm)

Wells: I will play for my country again

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