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Ibe Set To Snub Nigeria

Ibe Set To Snub Nigeria

—Targets England U-21s, Senior Team

Liverpool teen star Jordan Ibe is intent on playing for England rather than Nigeria and is eyeing a place in the England U-21 team bound for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic.


Ibe is eligible to play for Nigeria through his father, but hopes to attract the attentions of England manager Roy Hogson after playing for the U-21s this summer.

“I want to get into the England U-21 team and then eventually into the senior squad and win some cups,” he told the Liverpool Echo on Tuesday.

He also gave a hint of where his skills came from: “Ronaldo, the Brazilian one, and Zinedine Zidane. My Cryuff turns come from Zidane and the footwork would be from Ronaldo. Because he is an attacking player I try and learn things from him.”

Victor Moses and Shola Ameobi also played for England’s age-grade teams before switching over to play for the Super Eagles.

Nigeria seem to be losing the battle to cap Ibe though, with his eagerness to play for the Three Lions.

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  • My comment comes in questions form.How many of the English play for Nigeria? Why are we loosing our talents in all sectors to other countries and do not see anything wrong about it? When are we going to sit up and make things right in this country?What is really wrong with us as a country? Someone shud pls answer me.

  • Hassan Oluwadare 8 years ago

    This is not an issue at all. Let’s see how far he’ll go in his pursuit.

  • okponku 8 years ago

    i go just blame only him papa

  • AFOLABI DAVID 8 years ago

    Good luck to him but he should think well before jumping for England. there are people whom I think he should learn from in other not to end there way. e.g fashanu, shola etc. even Sidney Sam who opted for Germany is where today on the News? Anyway good luck