Nigeria national team manager Samson Siasia has admitted that attempts to convince Emmanuel Emenike to come out of international retirement have failed.

Emenike retired from international football last October after falling out with Nigeria’s former manager Sunday Oliseh.

“You can’t force them to rescind their decision and we have to respect that.” Siasia told BBC Sport.

“I felt they left under a cloudy circumstance. It was only an opportunity for them to reconsider their stance but it appears they’ve both decided to stick by their retirement.”

West Ham have won both games which Emenike starting in. The Nigerian international joined on a six-month move last month from Fenerbahce.

The Hammers have now gone 13 games unbeaten at home this season and their win win over Evertons saw them move into 5th place just one point behind Manchester City who also won.

West Ham take on Manchester United at Old Trafford this weekend.

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