Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe has confirmed his decision to play for England at senior level via a statement on the Reds' official website.
Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh revealed on Twitter at the weekend that the family of Ibe, 19, had contacted him to confirm the youngster's desire to represent England.
Ibe is eligible to play for Nigeria through his father, but the teenager insists the right choice is for him to play for England - the national team he has represented at every level from Under-18 to Under-21.
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“It was my choice and it feels the right choice for me,” Ibe told Liverpoolfc.com. “I was born here and have played in the younger age groups. I want to take it up to the first team one day.”
Ibe clearly feels he stands a realistic chance of playing for England in the future.
Ibe enjoyed Under-21 experience
Indeed, a recent report by the Liverpool Echo claimed England boss Roy Hodgson is considering promoting Ibe to the Three Lions' senior squad for next month's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania.
Speaking about his recent involvement with the England Under-21s, Ibe added: “It was great and I enjoyed myself.
“I felt as though Joe and I did well. It was a great experience and I’m looking forward to the coming games.
“You want to represent your country well. Even at times when you’ve not got games for Liverpool, doing well with England is vital.”
Ibe has been in and out of Brendan Rodgers' team at the start of the current campaign and, in order to stand any realistic chance of making Hodgson's squad for next summer's European Championships in France, he will need to establish himself as a first-team regular over the next nine months.
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