Jordon Ibe has ended speculation surrounding his international future by confirming that he has rejected the opportunity to play for Nigeria to push for a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 19-year-old is now an under-21 international for the Three Lions after proving last season just how exciting he can be – firstly while on loan with Championship side Derby County – before maintaining that form upon his Anfield return.
“It was my choice and it feels the right choice for me,” he said.
“I was born here and have played in the younger age groups. I want to take it up to the first team one day,” he added.
Having started our first two games of the new campaign, he has seen his role seemingly switched to that of an impact substitute in the three most recent fixtures.
However, with results – and some of the performances – not panning out as we’d like, Brendan Rodgers must surely be considering whether to recall Ibe to the starting line-up for the upcoming games to provide some much needed impetus to get our season back on track.
And should he bring that level of excitement that we’re often treated to, it may not be too long before Hodgson is giving him his first cap.