JORDON IBE

Fast rising Liverpool winger, Jordon Ibe says he is yet to make a decision whether to play his international football for England or Nigeria.

Ibe who spent the summer working with former Liverpool coach, Kenny Dalglish improving his goal-scoring skills, is facing a difficult decision on his international future following a report that he is likely to be called up for the England’s Under-21 squad this week. “I have not spoken to the gaffer about it yet, or my parents. I don’t know if there is a timeline for a decision. I have been focused on getting myself in the Liverpool team,” the 19-year-old said.

Born of a Nigerian father, David Ibe, the teenage star has reportedly been approached by the Nigerian football officials with the offer to snub England and play for Nigeria. But, English under 21 coach, Gareth Southgate, is determined to foil that plan by offering the winger a safe-route to the Three Lions through his team.

Ibe, who starred in Liverpool’s games so far, is yet to play for the Under‑21 due to injuries. However, even if he is selected by Southgate to face the United States and Norway next month, he will not be ineligible to play for Nigeria unless he plays a senior, competitive England international fixture.

By Olisemeka Obeche

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