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Nigeria finally loses Jordon Ibe to England

14 September 2015, 14:29

London - Nigeria looks set to miss out on the services of Liverpool forward, Jordon Ibe, after it emerged he prefers the Three Lions over the Super Eagles.

Confirming this over the weekend, was Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, who said he had been contacted by Ibe's family and had been told the 19-year old would give priority to England over Nigeria.

"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 said via his Twitter account.

Also read: Oliseh closes in on Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe

The 40-year old Nigeria coach had visited Ibe's family in Liverpool in July, with a view to convince them to have the youngster switch his allegiance from England to Nigeria, but all that has now come to naught as the fleet-footed forward has chosen the Lions over the Eagles.

Ibe, having already represented England at junior levels, remains very eligible to play for Nigeria through his Nigerian father, as he is yet to be capped at senior level by England.

His decision now swells the number of anglo-Nigerian players that have chosen England over Nigeria, with the likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Carlton Cole readily coming to mind.

It has however been a two-way street, as Nigeria has also 'snatched' some of such players, with the likes of Dickson Etuhu and Shola Ameobi representing Nigeria, and even playing at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups respectively.

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