The Nigeria Football Federation says coach Gernot Rohr has the right to decide if he would welcome striker Odion Ighalo back to the Super Eagles.
Ighalo announced his retirement from international football after helping Nigeria to a third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations where he finished top scorer.
In an interview with Brila FM on Wednesday, Ighalo hinted that he may make a return to the Super Eagles.
However, NFF spokesman, Ademola Olajire, in his reaction, said the coach will decide on the player's future.
“Nobody sent Ighalo away from the team. If the coach thinks he can feature in his plans, then it is the coach’s prerogative to decide on that,” NFF spokesman, Ademola Olajire told Sports Extra.
Olajire also added that the Franco-German will be left to decide on whether Nigeria Professional Football League player deserves an invitation or not.
“There’s nothing like imposing NPFL players on the coach. He is at liberty to pick his players,” he said.