Nigeria's Kenneth Omeruo thankful for Middlesbrough loan

Middlesbrough's Kenneth Omeruo and Barnsley's Marcus Pederson in action during the Championship match on April 26, 2014
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Nigeria and Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo thanks Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka for playing him regularly during his loan spell at the Riverside this season.

Nigeria and Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo has thanked Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka for playing him regularly during his loan spell at the Riverside this season.

Omeruo believes that his three-month stint with Boro helped him secure a place in the Nigeria squad for next month's World Cup in Brazil.

The centre-back already has 14 international caps for his country at the age of 20 and is off to his first World Cup, where the Super Eagles face Argentina, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Iran in the group stage.

"I'm happy that I didn't disappoint [Karanka]," Omeruo, who made 14 appearances for Boro in the second half of the season, told FIFA.com.

"I knew I had to play a lot of games to be fit for the World Cup and also to make the squad.

"I had the chance to do that at Middlesbrough so it's been a really good season for me."

Omeruo is yet to make an appearance for Chelsea since joining the Blues as an 18-year-old two years ago.

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Kenneth Omeruo of Nigeria in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group B match between Nigeria and Uruguay at Estadio Octavio Mangabeira (Arena Fonte Nova Salvador) on June 20, 2013
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