Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe has chosen to represent England at international level instead of Nigeria, according to Super Eagles head coach Sunday Oliseh.
The 19-year-old has been integrated into the Reds first team this campaign after spending the past couple of season’s out on loan, and has already made four appearances under manager Brendan Rodgers this season.
Ibe was born in London and has played for England’s youth teams, but is also eligible to represent Nigeria on account of his father.
Oliseh reportedly tried to convince Ibe to switch allegiance to the African nation, but was informed that he would be sticking with the Three Lions.
“Jordon Ibe’s family informed me by a telephone call that he was giving priority to an England call up,” Oliseh wrote on Twitter. “We wish them well.”
Ibe is one of a number of young players who are eligible to represent more than one country, but England manager Roy Hodgson insists that he won’t hand the youngster a senior cap just to seal to his international future.
“People play for the U21s because they want to play for England,” Hodgson said earlier this month. “If we do call him up it won’t be because we are worried about other nations.”