Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe has chosen to play his international football for England, according to Nigeria head coach Sunday Oliseh.
Ibe is eligible to represent Nigeria through his father and was approached by Oliseh, who visited the youngster at Melwood in August, to switch his international allegiance.
However, Oliseh’s attempts to convince Ibe to ditch England for Nigeria were unsuccessful, the Nigerian coach confirmed on Twitter yesterday afternoon.
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Oliseh tweeted: “Jordon Ibe's Family Informed me by a Telephone call, that He was giving priority to an England call up. We wish them well.”
Ibe was always likely to choose England over Nigeria, having represented the Three Lions at every level from Under-18 to Under-21.
Ibe to make England's Euro 2016 squad?
However, there have been past examples of players representing England at youth level before switching allegiance to another national team. Back in 2012, Victor Moses - the former England Under-21 winger currently at West Ham, on loan from Chelsea - agreed to play for Nigeria and went on to win the African Cup of Nations a year later.
Moses knew he stood a better chance of playing games and winning trophies with Nigeria, and his decision proved to be a very smart one.
Perhaps Ibe was informed by Roy Hodgson that he is in England’s thinking ahead of next summer’s European Championships in France.
The Liverpool Echo claim Hodgson is considering promoting Ibe, who hasn’t completed 90 minutes for the Reds so far this season, to his squad for next month’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania.
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