Ibe turns down Super Eagles
Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe has committed his international future to England, after rejecting the chance to represent Nigeria.
The 19-year-old has been considering his international career over recent months, having impressed for Liverpool in the second half of last season after returning from a loan spell with Championship side Derby County.
Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh confirmed in a tweet: “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 made 14 appearances for the Reds last season, having made his debut back in May 2013 against Queens Park Rangers.
England boss Roy Hodgson has tipped the winger to make his first senior England appearance in October’s Euro 2016 qualifying fixtures against Estonia and Lithuania.
“Gerrard said: ‘We have got this young lad, he is something special.’ He had the same feeling about Raheem Sterling,” Hodgson told BBC Sport.
“We must be careful. People take their time. There is competition in his place.”
Born in London, Ibe has represented England at Under-21 level and made two appearances for the Young Lions earlier this month.
“It was great and I enjoyed myself,” Ibe told BBC Sport.
“You want to represent your country well. Even at times when you’ve not got games for Liverpool, doing well with England is vital.”