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Why Britt Assombalonga could make big career decision this month

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Britt Assombalonga could be approached by DR Congo ahead of their African Cup of Nations campaign.

Despite some doubts at the time, Britt Assombalonga has been well worth his £5.5m transfer fee.

Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce decided to fork out a club record fee to snap up the 21-year-old after he smashed 33 goals in 58 games for League One side Peterborough United.

So far, Assombalonga has scored 12 goals in 21 games, earning the adoration of Forest fans - and no doubt attracting interest from Premier League clubs in the process.

Yet Assombalonga could have another decision over his future to make in the coming weeks; this time over his international allegiance.

Manager Stuart Pearce has told Assombalonga to wait and play for England, but having been born in Kinshasa, the striker is eligible to play for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Claude Le Roy's men have qualified for the 2015 African Cup of Nations, and are likely to come calling for Assombalonga's services amid injury concerns over star forward Dieumerci Mbokani.

Back in 2013 whilst with Peterborough, Assombalonga admitted that his father, as well as his former team mate Gabriel Zakuani, were trying to convince him to play for DR Congo.

"My dad doesn't put me under too much pressure, he doesn't mind my decision but obviously it would make him happy if I was to play for Congo one day in the first-team," revealed Assombalonga.

"Gabriel Zakuani tells me he would like me to play for Congo. So maybe soon, we'll see. I am happy to wait though, I am young enough and I need to focus on my club career for now. If I keep on doing everything I'm doing now and keep on the right track then hopefully international caps will come later on," he added.

Pearce will be hoping that either Assombalonga rejects any advances or DR Congo choose not to approach him, given that he would be out of action for up to three weeks as part of the tournament.

Still young and banging in the goals, Assombalonga could yet play for England one day - but the prospect of DR Congo will lurk until he makes any decision.

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