Nigeria, England in tug-of-war over Ibe

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The Nigeria Football Federation have vowed to try to convince Liverpool starlet Jordon Ibe to turn his back on England, Liverpool Echo reports.

The talented 19-year-old winger was born in South London but he’s also eligible to represent Nigeria as his dad David is from the African country.

Ibe has previously represented England at under-18, under-19 and under-20 level and he’s expected to be called up by Gareth Southgate for the England Under-21s squad for the European Championships this summer.

However, he could still switch allegiances and Nigerian officials plan to offer him a full international cap for the Super Eagles.

Victor Ikpeba, a member of their technical and development Committee, said, “The federation is looking at Jordon Ibe.

“We need to change our philosophy and bring in these young players to help out especially after we missed out of the Africa Cup of Nations.”

Nigeria boss Stephen Keshi said, “I’ve been told he is a very good prospect with potential to become one of the best wingers in the world.

“I have not had time to watch him in any of his club’s games but definitely I will do so this season.”

Recently the President of the Nigeria Football Federation Pinnick Amaju embarked on a trip to England to meet with Nigerian parents, whose children were born in England.

Amaju has stated that the national teams will start giving serious considerations to young players born abroad to Nigerian parents.

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