Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe has decided to represent England instead of Nigeria, according to Super Eagles head coach Sunday Oliseh. Ibe, 19, has represented the Three Lions at Under-18, Under-20 and Under-21 levels, but is eligible to represent Nigeria through his father.
Oliseh had previously been determined to convince the winger to switch allegiances but has now conceded defeat, explaining on Twitter that the player's family have informed him of the decision over the weekend. "Jordon Ibe's family informed me by a telephone call that he was given priority to an England call-up. We wish him well," he wrote.
Ibe featured twice for England Under-21s earlier this month, with senior team boss Roy Hodgson later indicating his desire to play for Gareth Southgate's side bodes well for his chances of earning a senior call-up in the future.
"The fact is he's playing for the Under-21s. They play for the Under-21s because they want to play for England," Hodgson said. "But my attitude for that 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.
"I want Jordon to fight for his place in the team like everyone else. He is certainly a player we like very much and certainly a player we have eyes on. It's far from impossible that he gets called up in one of the next games. But if we do call him up it won't be because we are worried about other nations.
"We're England. And when it gets so bad that we can't get enough players who want to play for England, who want to put the England shirt on, then we are in a difficult period."