Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe has told Nigeria that he wants to represent England at international level, according to the African country’s national team coach.
Sunday Oliseh revealed on Twitter that he had spoken to the 19-year-old and his family about the midfielder representing the Super Eagles, but had been informed that Ibe wished to wait and see if he received the opportunity to represent the Three Lions at the senior level.
“Jordon Ibe’s family informed me by a telephone call, that he was giving priority to an England call up,” Oliseh, who previously met personally with Ibe to discuss the situation, wrote. “We wish them well.”
Jordon Ibe’s Family Informed me by a Telephone call, that He was giving priority to an England call up.We wish them well.
— Sunday Oliseh (@SundayOOliseh) September 13, 2015
Ibe, who is eligible for Nigeria through his parents, has represented England at Under-18, U-19, U-20 and U-21 level, with senior team boss Roy Hodgson suggesting recently that a full call-up might not be far away.
“He is someone we’ve been looking at,” said Hodgson, who revealed that former captain Steven Gerrard had previously tipped him off about Ibe’s “special” talent.
“He’s a player we like very much, and no, it’s far from impossible he gets called up in one of the next games.”
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 10, 2015
However, the ex-Liverpool boss insisted that Ibe would not be capped simply to keep him out of the clutches of another nation.
“My attitude for this is quite clear – I want players who want to play for England. I am not going to start making players English by giving them a few minutes in games,” Hodgson said.
“I want Jordon to fight for his place in the team like everybody else … if we do call him up it won’t be because we are worried about other nations.”