Uncertainty Surrounds Ibe’s International Future

Liverpool FC star, Jordon Ibe, international future is shrouded in uncertainty as the player has yet to commit himself to Nigeria despite talks held during the week with Super Eagles Head coach, Sunday Oliseh.

Oliseh, held talks with the 19-year-old winger at Melwood on Monday about his international future.

Bermondsey-born Ibe has represented England at under-18, 19 and 20 levels but is eligible to play for the African nation as his father, David, is from Nigeria.

However, while flattered by Nigeria’s desire to get him on board, the teenager is still hoping to launch an international career with England.

Ibe is expected to be named in Gareth Southgate’s England Under-21s squad for next month’s matches against USA and Norway.

He could still change his mind until he has played a competitive fixture for the senior side but considering his progress with Liverpool, it’s unlikely to be long before Roy Hodgson calls upon him.

However, the player won’t be available for Super Eagles this year even if he pledges his allegiance to Nigeria, according to Goal.

“Ibe hasn’t committed to Nigeria yet but discussions with him were positive because of his acceptance to meet with the crew that visited him,” the source told Goal.

“But he won’t be ready to feature for the Eagles against Tanzania this year because of the process that entails his switch but he could be ready next year.”

Meanwhile, Oliseh has assured players of Nigerian heritage that they would get a chance to play if they were good.

“You can bet your money that I’m looking at players with Nigerian heritage who have been born or brought up in other countries, I have no choice,” Oliseh told BBC Sport.

“Most of these players, let’s be honest, very few of them get to play in other nations for a long time, whereas with Nigeria, these players have the chance regularly, if they are good, to play in the World Cup.

“It’s definitely something we are looking at and we’ve started making moves.

“They are welcome with open arms and we’ll do all we can to put them in the best situation if they decide to play for Nigeria because Nigeria needs them and they also need Nigeria to become top, world class players.”

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