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Wanyama talks about his World Cup dreams

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Kenya's captain Victor Wanyama hopes that one day his ambition of playing in the FIFA World Cup will come true.

The 25-year-old midfielder who joined north London club Tottenham Hotspur officially this week told local media in Nairobi on Tuesday of his dream of turning out for Stars at the World Cup.

"I have played football at different levels including the coveted UEFA Champions League, but it will be more fulfilling to play for my country in such a stage," Wanyama said.

"It may appear difficult to qualify, but if you look how sometimes we miss it, you realise it is possible. A few mistakes that have cost us in the past can be avoided. With commitment and the right focus it will be done," the former Southampton player stressed.

"It's every player's dream to play in the World Cup but it becomes more realistic when a quality team is developed over a time. There are many more Wanyamas, some even better out there but its only through a deliberate development program will they come through," he added.

Kenya crashed out of the 2018 World Cup in Russia at the second preliminary round when they lost 2-1 on aggregate to Cape Verde last year with the new administration at the country's federation eyeing qualification to the 2022 edition in Qatar.

Wanyama dismissed claims that working under local head coach, Stanley Okumbi, who was appointed in February was a step down for him and the nation should bring in a foreigner of the calibre he enjoys in the English Premier League.

"Sometimes it calls for shift in mindset, when it comes to conditions in camp here. The fact is the levels are totally different but I always appreciate that my colleagues from the local league are also doing their best in the same environment. At the end of the day it's not about me, it's about Stars," the former Glasgow Celtic title winning star added.

He underlined his mission in his first season at Tottenham whom he joined from the Saints this summer on a reported five-year deal worth 11 million pounds.

"Spurs is a big club, everything calls for exceptional hard work. My target is to confirm a first team place on merit. Other things will come. It will be a nice feeling to feature in the Champions League again in a different environment."