Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe confirmed on Tuesday he had decided to play football for England rather than Nigeria.
The 19-year-old, who was approached by Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh to switch his international allegiance to his father’s country, is qualified to play for the Super Eagles until he has made a competitive senior appearance for England.
“It was my choice and it feels the right choice,” Ibe told Liverpool’s website.
“I was born here and have played in the younger age groups. I want to take it up to the first team one day.”
The London-born forward played for England Under-21 team against USA Under-23s side and then against Norway , alongside his Liverpool teammate colleague Joe Gomez.
“It was great and I enjoyed myself,” Ibe said.
“I felt as though Joe and I did well. It was a great experience and I’m looking forward to the coming games.
“You want to represent your country well. Even at times when you’ve not got games for Liverpool, doing well with England is vital.”
Ibe, who spent time on loan with Derby County last season, has played at least some part in all five of Liverpool’s Premier League games in 2015-16, starting two of them.