Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe is committing his international future to England, says Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh. Ibe, 19, is qualified to play for both countries and played for England Under-21s twice earlier this month. England coach Roy Hodgson has said Ibe could get a senior call-up soon and is a player he likes “very much”.
“Jordon Ibe’s family informed me by a telephone call that he was giving priority to an England call-up. We wish them well,” Oliseh wrote on Twitter.
London-born Ibe played for England Under-21s against USA Under-23sand then against Norway but Hodgson says he could feature for his side, possibly in October’s Euro 2016 qualifiers.
“He is someone we’ve been looking at and a player we like very much,” said Hodgson.
England, who confirmed their place at Euro 2016 with three games to spare, face Estonia on 9 October and visit Lithuania three days later.
Ibe joined Liverpool from Wycombe as a 16-year-old in January 2012 and made his Premier League debut against QPR in May 2013.
He had loan spells at Birmingham the following season, and then Derby during the first half of the 2014-15 campaign.
Ibe made 14 appearances for the Reds last term and has featured four times this season, although he has yet to score for the Anfield club.
Hodgson said former England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has told him of Ibe’s potential.
“Gerrard said: ‘We have got this young lad, he is something special.’ He had the same feeling about Raheem Sterling,” added Hodgson.
“We must be careful. People take their time. There is competition in his place.”